The First Family kicked off the Christmas season at the White House on Friday which featured performances from music’s top acts. Janelle Monae and Mariah Carey provided entertainment as the President lit the National Christmas Tree in D.C. According to rap-up.com:
“Even the rain couldn’t put a damper on the Christmas spirit. Despite the wet weather, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, and Janelle Monáe joined President Obama and the First Family for the lighting of the U.S. national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
The Queen of Soul performed “Joy to the World” while being shielded by an umbrella, and Mariah capped off the event with her classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Janelle Monáe entertained the festive crowd and cozied up to Santa Claus on the red carpet.
President Obama also took time to time to pay tribute to the late great Nelson Mandela during the lighting ceremony. As also reported by rap-up:
“In addition to celebrating the season, Obama took a moment to remember Nelson Mandela. “This year, we give a special measure of gratitude for Nelson Mandela, a man who championed … generosity of spirit,” he said. “In his life, he blessed us with tremendous grace and unbelievable courage. And we are all privileged to live in a world touched by his goodness.”