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Inside the Presidential Inaugural Ball: the clothes, the people, the music.

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WASHINGTON -- Feathers and false eyelashes, tuxedos and tiaras. The throngs of people who streamed into the Washington Convention Center for one of three Inaugural galas on Monday pulled out all the stops and were rewarded with some of the top entertainment around. Jennifer Hudson sang the "Let's Stay Together," for the First Couple's first dance. The popular pop group, FUN. performed two of their hits -- "Some Nights and "We are Young." Stevie Wonder,

Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley were among the others to perform.

Women gathered up their long dresses to step onto the escalators that brought them from one giant hall to the next.

The Washington Convention Center is a cavernous space that spans at least two football fields in length. The entire space holds about 42,000 people.

The hall wasn't completely filled but pretty jammed at the most crowded point of the night -- when the President and First Lady made an appearance.

Tickets went for $500 each, a recently reduced price after some who bought theirs early on paid $1,000.

More on the fashion of the day, with photos.

Inaugural ball photos and more.

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