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Mary J. Blige to perform at the White House after Obama’s state dinner

Musician Mary J. Blige poses backstage at the Dennis Basso fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 10, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

French President Francois Hollande will get to enjoy some of the finest food from across the country followed by the soulful voice of Mary J. Blige. According to Politico on Feb. 10, the queen of R&B has been confirmed as the musical guest during the state dinner on Tuesday (Feb. 11).

The dinner will be held in a tent on the South Lawn and the menu is expected to be a celebration of “the best of American cuisine.” President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting the French President and share with him one of their favorite voices.

Not only has the “Sweet Thing” singer perform at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., she was also part of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday celebration last month. Mary J. Blige has also been a very vocal supporter of Obama during his two terms as president. Ms. Blige will have to pick just the right songs to sing for the two political leaders and guests.

Fine foods, entertainment and the soulful sound of Mary J. Blige are not the only things Obama and Hollande will share, they are also expected to spend time discussing economic issues, including ongoing negotiations for a major U.S.-European Union trade deal, and France’s ailing economy. Hollande started off his visit on Monday with a tour of the Thomas Jefferson estate as Jefferson played a pivotal role in establishing the relationship between the U.S. and France.

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