January 21st, 2009
01:24 PM ET

Tuesday night's hot spot: The "unofficial" ball

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/21/art.cherriaa0120.cnn.jpg caption="Hollywood legend Cher joined other celebrities at the RIAA inaugural bash in Washington Tuesday night."]

Kay Jones
Coordinating Editorial producer

Forget the "official" balls, it's the RIAA/Feeding America party that had all the action on Tuesday night. This party brought awareness to Feeding America while celebrating the next chapter in American history. And it didn't disappoint. If you weren't lucky enough to snag a ticket to one of the 10 balls the new President made an appearance at, then this was the place to be.

David Arquette and wife, Courtney Cox Arquette, made the media rounds, telling our Jessica Yellin about their inauguration experience. They are also very involved in Feeding America and filled us in on why filling our food banks is so important.

Next up, Shakira stopped by. Her excitement over our political process was infectious. She was quite lovely and I got a hug after it was over, which made fmr 360° producer Ted Fine insanely jealous.

Josh Grobin stopped by, still beaming from ear-to-ear over his performance at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday.

And the evening's headliner made time to tell us about her performance, as well as what it was like to be on another continent on election night.

That wasn't all the star power in the room, as Toby Maguire and wife Jennifer, Leo DiCaprio and Cher all made it out to see Rihanna perform at her best while celebrating the inauguration of Pres. Obama.

Oh, and a little side note: I made it to 3 parties this weekend, and at all 3, I saw former Clinton spokesperson, Joe Lockhardt. Just a fun little tidbit there!

That's it from me for this trip. Hope you enjoyed some of the behind the scenes stuff as well as the reports from the parties. It's been fun sharing with you.

Now I'm off to sleep for a week!!!

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  1. Annie Kate

    The entertainment at these balls sounds like it was wonderful. Wish someone had recorded it all – and I'm glad there were some balls that had a charity focus as well. Good for them!!

    January 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm |