Candid Celeb Moments from Obama's Inauguration

It may not have been a Hollywood event, but President Barack Obama's second inauguration was certainly the hottest celebrity ticket in town. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz made the president's swearing-in ceremony a teachable moment for their son, Egypt, while Beyonce shared pics of her rehearsals prior to singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how celebrities enjoyed Obama's historic weekend.

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"Excited to share this incredible day with our son!" tweeted Alicia Keys, as she and hubby Swizz Beatz watched President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

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Terrence J. and Lala Anthony get ready to take on their duties as co-hosts of the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball.

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Beyonce prepares for her flawless performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at President Obama's inauguraton.

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Gabrielle Union and a friend withstood the cold to witness history. "Frozen fudge pops we were but so worth it," she wrote.

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Lala Anthony, Chanel Iman and Angela Simmons have a blast at Russell Simmons Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball.

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John Legend and girlfriend Chrissy Teigen visit the National Portrait Gallery for a pre-Inauguration event.

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Star Jones and Kerry Washington attend a pre-Inauguration celebration.

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Naturi Naughton visits the Lincoln Memorial during Inauguration weekend.

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Reality star Omarosa Manigault and her mom head to President Obama's swearing-in ceremony on Inauguration Day.

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Former 106 & Park host Rocsi Diaz and a friend are all smiles as they take a bus headed for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

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CNN anchors Roland Martin and Soledad O'Brien get ready to report on all the action.

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"The Inauguration Boys just hit DC," tweeted Swizz Beatz, as he and sons Egypt and Kasseem Jr. hit the capital for inauguration weekend.

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Tatyana Ali and her mother stay close as they head to President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

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Taraji P. Henson is as fabulous as ever in her hotel room before heading to a pre-Inauguration brunch hosted by Google and Elle Magazine.

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Alicia Keys does a sound check before performing at all three official Inauguration balls.

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Wayne Brady and Doug E. Fresh get ready to perform together at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball.

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Phaedra Parks (and her adorable baby bump) attends an inauguration event with the legendary Gladys Knight.

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A fan snapped a pic of Kerry Washington as she watched President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

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The ever adventurous Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker braved the cold and took a pedi-cab to attend BET's Inaugural Ball.