ADELE HAS agreed to join Beyonce and perform at Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party at the White House next year.
After picking up an Oscar for her performance of the James Bond theme Skyfall, the British singer's "incredible US journey" has continued with an invitation to sing at the First Lady's soiree in Washington DC on 17 January, reports the Mail on Sunday. Beyonce had already agreed to perform at the event, which is described as a "huge, celebrity-packed party" by the Daily Express.
A source told the paper that Adele has "graciously accepted" Obama's invitation and waived her usual fee for a "high-profile private performance". The Obamas will be picking up the 24-year-old singer's expenses because the party is a private, not a State event.
Subscribe to The Week
Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.
The Express says Adele has another reason to head back to the US: her new best friend, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence. The two women "struck up a friendship" at the Oscars and have been "hanging around together", a source said. Lawrence is scheduled to come to London later this year to make an X-Men movie and Adele has recommended she stays in London's exclusive Notting Hill, where the singer owns a house.
Adele has become a star in the US thanks to the success of her album 21. In January, it was revealed that the record had become the US's biggest-selling album for the second year in a row.
Beyonce has a long-standing relationship with the Obamas. The singer performed at President Obama's inauguration earlier this year, sparking controversy when it was revealed that she lip-synched to a backing tape. Both Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z, backed Obama when he first ran for president and when he campaigned to be re-elected.
Create an account with the same email registered to your subscription to unlock access.