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Beyonce and Adele booked for Michelle Obama's 50th birthday?

10:41 am - 03/11/2013

Preparations are already underway for Michelle Obama's big 50th birthday next January, and two of music's biggest acts have reportedly been booked for the occasion.

An unnamed (and potentially questionable) source told the UK's Daily Mail that the first lady has asked Beyonce and Adele to perform at her party.

"America’s first lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyonce, she has asked them both to sing," an unnamed source told The Daily Mail. "Adele has graciously accepted and waived her usual fee for the high-profile private performance. She will sing a selection of her most-loved hits for the first lady and her friends."

Beyonce has a long-standing relationship with the Obamas. The singer famously performed at President Obama's inauguration earlier this year, and, along with her husband Jay-Z, was a major supporter of Obama during his run for presidency and reelection. Beyonce also wrote the first lady a birthday card earlier this year for her 49th. "Michelle, thank you so much for every single thing that [you] do for us," Beyonce wrote. "I am proud to have my daughter grow up in a world where she has people like you to look up to."

Michelle Obama will turn 50 on January 17, 2014.

Source: Mothership

Ugh... so I seriously doubt this is true, but the fact that it seems believable for me sends off alarm bells about the narrative that has been created, to some extent reinforced by the Obamas themselves... and on the remote chance it is... so incredibly tacky. don't do it!
girly123 11th-Mar-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
What's tacky about having people sing at your 50th?
iamrosalita 12th-Mar-2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Dammit. I was planning to have fun next week. Guess I'll have to cancel.
kalikahuntress 11th-Mar-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't get it either. I'm confused.
astridmyrna 11th-Mar-2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing ageist reasons.
hinoema 11th-Mar-2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
You're only allowed to hang with celebrities at parties if you're Republican and they're, like, Garth Brooks or summat. Otherwise librul eleeteests!!!
mindrtist 12th-Mar-2013 12:25 am (UTC)
hinoema 11th-Mar-2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
Why not? Make it a pricey pay-per-plate shindig and raise some money for charity, and it's a win all around.
the_physicist 11th-Mar-2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
Potentially silly question, but why would it be tacky?
crossfire 11th-Mar-2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
shpf, if I thought they'd come (and I had the money) I'd book them for my 50th. What an awesome present to myself.
clevermanka 11th-Mar-2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see the confusion about why this would be tacky. I thought I was misunderstanding something about the situation.
seeinglife 11th-Mar-2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
The only thing I'm coming up with other than ageism to explain the tackiness idea is... maybe it's tacky to have a giant celebrity laden bash in the midst of a godawful recession?
girly123 11th-Mar-2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
That's the only thing I could come up with, too, but it looks like they're both willing to play for free.
astridmyrna 11th-Mar-2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
That's what I got from the article too.
ook 11th-Mar-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
Even if they play for free, the Obamas will still be criticized for wasting money on a big party (to cover security, etc.). The Obamas will be vilified for having a lavish party when the economy is still doing badly. I get so tired of the whining whenever Obama goes to play golf (since golf is seen as a rich man's game).
redstar826 12th-Mar-2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
and didn't get shit for it

I don't remember golf specifically being an issue (Bush tended to take his vacations at his ranch in Texas), but there were a lot of comments and jokes about Bush and the amount of vacation time he was taking.
3608 12th-Mar-2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Why is it tacky to throw yourself an expensive birthday party? I'm turning 25 this year, my birthday is in June, I've already started saving for the party. Why? Because recession or not, I only turn 25 once dammit, and I'm going to celebrate it! Michelle Obama isn't allowed the same right, just because she's the first lady? I literally don't get it.
bethan_b_bad 11th-Mar-2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'd think it was tacky if she was paying out squillions for it, but if they're playing for free then why the hell not? I'd have those girls at my birthday party if I could.

And I'd give ridiculous amounts of money for an Adele/Beyonce duet, I'm just sayin'.
synekdokee 11th-Mar-2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hello there :)

I'll probably be visiting Cardiff next week (I'm spending a week in London), care to maybe meet up?
bethan_b_bad 11th-Mar-2013 06:22 pm (UTC)

I have no plans and would totally love to meet up! What are your dates?
synekdokee 11th-Mar-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
Well I'll be in London March 16th-24th but I'm supposed to visit Cardiff on Monday. I'm meeting a friend, but assuming I'm not spending the whole day with him. I need to ask him about his schedule... Is your number unchanged?
bethan_b_bad 11th-Mar-2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yep, number's the same! I can't get Monday off work but I should be able to leave early, maybe?
synekdokee 11th-Mar-2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Sure! I'll let you know when I hear back from my friend, he had taping he might get to attend? So the day isn't set in stone.
bethan_b_bad 11th-Mar-2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
*double thumbs up* Sweet.
tabaqui 11th-Mar-2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
While i *do* think having a huge birthday bash during a crappy economic time isn't all that awesome, I kinda doubt that the First Lady would actually do that, or, if she did, she would work it so it was a 'monies go to charity' kind of paid thing.

But if either of these women want to sing *at the White House* for the *First Lady* on their own dime (Or on Mrs. Obama's dime, which is also possible, no tax payer money needed!!!) then why not?

(i'm afraid to look at the comments at the source, i'm sure it will be overrun with braying, hysterical teabaggers and republicans)
eyetosky 11th-Mar-2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Ugh, get out of that picture, Chris Brown. YOU DON'T EVEN GO HERE.
bethan_b_bad 11th-Mar-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Chris Brown does not exist for me. He's not a human being and I will not be treating him as such. (UGH.)
moonshaz 11th-Mar-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
kittenmommy 11th-Mar-2013 10:44 pm (UTC)

Oh, Adele... that dress. What were you thinking?
zhiva_the_mage 12th-Mar-2013 08:14 am (UTC)
I think something along the lines "I love this dress and I will be wearing it. Deal with it."

Deal with it.

Edited at 2013-03-12 08:20 am (UTC)
kittenmommy 12th-Mar-2013 09:46 am (UTC)

It looks like she decided to make it out of her grandmother's curtains at the last minute.
mephisto5 12th-Mar-2013 11:46 am (UTC)
Anyone who can make a dress like that, especially at short notice, has epic skills. Pretty good for the environment too- reusing old fabric and all.
kittenmommy 12th-Mar-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)

Shame that the pattern is so eye-burningly hideous.
grace_om 12th-Mar-2013 12:20 am (UTC)
All I know is that I would very much like an invite to that party! In my dreams, okay.
lastrega 12th-Mar-2013 11:02 am (UTC)
So famous people shouldn't have famous friends who want to do nice things for them?

lastrega 12th-Mar-2013 11:08 am (UTC)
Instead of wasting words on this odd, dogwhistly post, can we just have a thread of sighing about how lovely and talented Adele and Beyonce are? Because, damn...
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