Usher and Demi Lovato Join White House Tribute to Ray Charles
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard, veteran soul singer Sam Moore and Empire star Jussie Smollett are also due to take part in the occasion, to be held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. In addition, the show will be broadcast on Friday on the PBS network across the U.S., a White House representative confirmed. It will be the 16th such event held while President Barack Obama has been in office. Prior to Wednesday evening’s celebration, First Lady Michelle Obama will hold a daytime workshop with some of the artists, for more than 130 school and college pupils from across the country. Ray Charles, who was played by Jamie Foxx in 2004’s Oscar-winning Ray biopic, died on June 10, 2004, aged 73.