On Friday, February 26 Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House premieres on PBS stations and on cable channel, TV One. Scheduled to tape on Wednesday, February 24. The hour long program is a showcase of performances in honour of the late legendary icon. Performers scheduled to appear include Usher, Anthony Hamilton, Leon Bridges, Brittany Howard, Andra Day, Yolanda Adams, Jussie Smollett, Demi Lovato and more.
This will be the sixteenth In Performance at the White House program during President Barack Obama’s administration. Years before he passed away, Ray Charles helped the Smithsonian by lending his voice and a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful”. He is now considered a national treasure of the United States.