Musician Marc Anthony performs on stage for a soundcheck during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC, which concludes today, nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The stage is set for a final, star-studded night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
President Barack Obama takes the stage shortly after 9 p.m. Chicago time, introduced by Michelle Obama. He follows addresses by Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Dr. Jill Biden, and U.S. senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kerry (D-Mass), according to Charlotte’s WCNC.
But before he does, expect a night of high-profile musical acts and celebrity drop-ins, and what promises to be an emotional moment as retired Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords leads the pledge of allegiance.
Marc Anthony will sing the National Anthem.The night’s other musical acts include singer Mary J. Blige, sing-songwriter James Taylor and rockers Foo Fighters, who drew a crowd for an afternoon sound check.
A host of other politicians are slated to speak including, Florida’s former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who was slammed by his own party for endorsing the president. Actresses Scarlett Johanssen, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria will also take to the podium.
The night will also feature videos and remarks from Americans affected by the auto industry bailout and the repealing of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”