John Legend, Common, T-Pain perform at event for young US voters; will.i.am attends

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Will.i.am says though he's an active supporter of President Barack Obama, don't expect the Black Eyed Peas leader to become a politician.

"Nope. I like it from this angle," he said in an interview Saturday night during an event for OurTime.org, a non-profit organization that encourages young people to vote.

Several hundred people packed the Washington event, where John Legend, Common and T-Pain performed.

The event was just one of will.i.am's inaugural appearances. He will be a guest at Obama's public swearing-in ceremony Monday and at the Inaugural Ball later that day.

He said it "feels good" to help the Obama campaign and that he wants to see young voters do more.

Common kicked off the live performances with songs like "The People" and "Testify." He even danced and kissed a fan onstage — and on the lips — while Beyonce's "Party" blasted.

"Just be whoever you are, no matter what they say," Common said to the crowd.

The rapper also hit the stage with Legend, who played piano as Common performed "The Light." Legend slowed the night's upbeat mood, crooning on songs like "Green Light," ''Tonight (Best You Ever Had)" and "Ordinary People."

Newly crowned Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan and actress Sophie Bush also attended.

Rapper-singer T-Pain closed the night, performing hits like "Bartender" ''5 o'clock," ''Good Life" and "Blame It."

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