THE WHITE HOUSE TRIED TO HIDE THIS EVENT FROM THE PRESS – WTH???
Prince played two shows in Washington, DC, on Sunday, but he also gave a private VIP performance at the White House on Saturday night to celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month.
Spies exclusively told Page Six that the “Raspberry Beret” singer brought Stevie Wonder up onstage for a surprise duet at the show for President Barack and Michelle Obama and 500 lucky guests.
Spotted at the exclusive two-hour concert — during which Prince played hits including “Kiss” and “Purple Rain” — were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his date, singer Ciara, artists Jon Bon Jovi and James Taylor, TV & film stars Tyler Perry, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Gayle King, Tracee Ellis Ross, fashion designer Naeem Khan and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons.
Also there, Carlyle’s David Rubenstein, 32 Advisors’ Robert Wolf and American Express’ Ken Chenault, plus DC power players former Attorney General Eric Holder, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
First daughters Sasha and Malia were also at the show, we’re told.
In one showstopping number, Prince introduced Wonder to the stage and the pair sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” for grooving guests.
DJ Cassidy took over after the show and spun tunes for the rest of the night. Prince is currently on his HITnRUN tour, during which he announces venues shortly before playing them.
He played DC’s Warner Theatre on Sunday.
After one show there sold out immediately, he added a later 11 p.m. gig the same night at the venue.
The White House had remained tight-lipped about the party, said to have been in the East Room where Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and John Legend have performed in the past.
We are told guests arrived at 9 p.m. and danced late into night.