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Katy Perry celebrates inauguration with her own tiny Aretha Franklin hat

Trust Katy Perry to focus on what’s really important.

Throughout all of Monday’s inaugural hullabaloo — the music! The balls! The music at the balls! — the media somehow failed to focus on the event’s real cause for celebration: Last weekend marked the four-year anniversary of Aretha Franklin wearing her Hat to End All Hats at President Obama’s first inauguration. (Eat your heart out, Princess Beatrice.)

Thankfully, Katy Perry stuck around D.C. after performing at the 2013 Kids Inaugural Concert last Saturday — and on Monday, she honored Aretha’s bodacious bow by wearing a tiny version of it to this year’s Inauguration Day festivities. Here’s photographic evidence:

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Inaugural Balls: The Obamas and Bidens dance, but so do Piers Morgan and Chris Tucker

The Obamas had their first dance to a Jennifer Hudson cover of “Let’s Stay Together,” and the Bidens were serenaded by Jamie Foxx singing “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” But there was another dance to watch during the inaugural balls: That of CNN’s indoor coverage, which had to juggle politics and a party. The tone was set early when Piers Morgan and Erin Burnett tried to interview San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Rep. Joaquin Castro while Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop the Music” blared in the background. Ultimately, Piers just gave up:

Piers: By the way, I’ve never met any Latino that can’t dance, so are you guys gonna be — [Julian and Joaquin laugh and say he just met his first two].

Erin: Pierce’s first highly inappropriate comment of the evening.

Piers: That’s not inappropriate. I never have.

In case you were wondering, I’d say Piers’ second inappropriate comment came when he segued from a taped interview with performer Stevie Wonder to a live chat with the Black Eyed Peas will.i.am by referring to him as “almost as big a legend now in the music world as Stevie Wonder.” READ FULL STORY

Alicia Keys sings 'Obama on Fire' for Inaugural Ball: VIDEO

Alicia Keys altered her Hunger Games anthem “Girl on Fire” for her performance at President Obama’s Inaugural Ball Sunday night. Watch an excerpt below. “Obama on Fire” is a definite crowd pleaser. READ FULL STORY

Obamas share first dance as Jennifer Hudson sings 'Let's Stay Together': VIDEO

Jennifer Hudson had the honor of serenading President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they shared their first dance at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball following Monday’s inauguration. The First Lady makes her entrance in a Jason Wu gown at 2:45 in the video below. READ FULL STORY

Inauguration 2013: Michelle's bangs, Scalia's hat, and other key moments

The Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama marked the beginning of a brave new American era of bipartisan governance and well-reasoned political discourse. No it didn’t. But it was a hell of a party, a grand and justifiably pompous power-pageant which reached an emotional climax when the stirring voice of the world’s most powerful human being echoed throughout the National Mall. But enough about Beyoncé. Here are some key moments frozen in time from a cold day in Washington: READ FULL STORY

'Kennedy Center Honors': Watch the Buddy Guy tribute that stole the show, President Obama rock out for Led Zeppelin -- VIDEO

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night (read Ken Tucker’s review here), and it was another ceremony filled with memorable moments. Here are a few of the highlights that have already surfaced on YouTube:

Beth Hart’s performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind” with Jeff Beck for honoree Buddy Guy moved the crowd in the theater (including Barack and Michelle Obama, watch them at 2:32 in the clip below) and at home (I know I went to iTunes and purchased that song off of her album with Joe Bonamassa, Don’t Explain) READ FULL STORY

Even President Obama is no match for the amazing Spider-Man -- PHOTO

Need more proof that Barack Obama is America’s Cool Dad? Look no further than this photograph, which pictures the Commander-in-Chief getting caught in an imaginary web tossed by a pint-sized Spider-Man — a.k.a. a White House staffer’s son. There’s a lot of good stuff in Time‘s Person of the Year package about Obama, but this photo is probably the piece that will get shared the most — it’s already been liked 13,000 times on Facebook and tweeted nearly 3,000 times. You win again, Spider-Man!

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President Obama is 'Time' Person of the Year

time-person-of-the-year-obamaBarack Obama has been named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for a second time, following his initial selection in 2008. In a blog post, Time managing editor Richard Stengel explains that Obama was chosen because he is a cultural figure as well as a political one: “There has been much talk of the coalition of the ascendant — young people, minorities, Hispanics, college-educated women — and in winning re-election, Obama showed that these fast-growing groups are not only the future but also the present,” he writes. “If his win in 2008 was extraordinary, then 2012 is confirmation that demographic change is here to stay.”

The president beat out 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Youfsafzai, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Italian CERN physicist Fabiola Gianotti for the annual honor. Visit Time‘s site for a long interview with Obama, which covers everything from his love for Lincoln to his dream of “just moving to Hawaii and opening up a t-shirt shack on the North Shore.” (And, of course, a bunch of more serious stuff.)

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Best of 2012: The real-world feuds

Here’s a list of 2012’s most memorable ongoing conflicts from the real world. READ FULL STORY

Glenn Beck sticks Obama figurine in jar of pee, calls it art -- UPDATE

Get it? It’s a commentary on… something. And an indication that 25 years later, outrage manufacturer Glenn Beck is still feeling salty about Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Also: he’s very well-hydrated. Update: Beck’s artwork has been removed from eBay, where he was attempting to auction it off for $25,000; the website said in a letter that it does not allow the sale of bodily waste or references to bodily fluids in listings.

Okay, some background: On Tuesday, Beck got wind of a painting hanging in a community college’s art gallery that depicts President Obama crucified on the presidential seal, wearing a suit, a tie, and a crown of thorns. Though artist Michael D’Antuono originally made the image — called “Truth” — years ago, it hasn’t been displayed until now due to “public outrage,” in Fox News’s words.

On his radio program, Beck said that he actually believes D’Antuono has the right to make and exhibit “Truth,” even though he doesn’t see anything Jesus-like in Obama: “I think it’s offensive,” Beck explained, not at all self-righteously. “I don’t think it’s close to reality, but whatever floats your boat… That document [the Constitution's First Amendment] says I can’t stop him, and the spirit of that document is that I shouldn’t try.”

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