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Best Images From the Inaugural Balls (PHOTOS)

The first lady’s Jason Wu gown, the Obamas’ first dance, and more from inauguration night’s big parties.

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Red Hot

The first lady debuts a Jason Wu gown for the second inauguration in a row; the first couple dances to Jennifer Hudson; and more scenes from Inauguration Nght’s big parties.

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Wondrous Jam

Signed, sealed, delivered: Stevie Wonder performs during the Inaugural Ball.

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Indie-Pop

Fun, the American indie rock band, performs.

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Latin King

Marc Anthony performs at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.

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Biden on the Floor

Vice President Joe Biden dances with Army Staff Sgt. Keesha Dentino as Jill Biden dances with Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Figueroa during the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball.

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Live From Kandahar

President Obama applauds while speaking with American soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan, during the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball.

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The Second Couple

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, dance at the Inaugural Ball.

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Foxx on Vocals

Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden shake hands with actor and musician Jamie Foxx (R) after he sang while they danced at the Comander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball.

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Wu Again

(First) Lady in Red. The Obamas arrive at the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball, and Michelle debuts her crimson-colored Jason Wu gown.

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Presidential Bow

President Obama bows as he and First Lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby-colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, get ready to dance as singer Jennifer Hudson, right, sings Al Green’s 'Let’s Stay Together' at the Inaugural Ball.

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Hudson's Serenade

Jennifer Hudson performs as the Obamas dance during the Inaugural Ball.

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Close To You

Cheek to cheek. The Obamas sing as they share their first dance at the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball.

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Togetherness

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dance together at the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball.

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First-Couple Smooch

The Obamas share a kiss during the Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Alicia's Tribute

Singer Alicia Keys performs during the Public Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Singer in Red

Alicia Keys bows after her performance at the Public Inaugural Ball. The Grammy winner is wearing a crimson Michael Kors gown from the Fall 2012 collection.

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A Little Bit Country

Country-music star Brad Paisley performs during the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Twosomes

Couples dance at the Commander-in-Chief’s Inaugural Ball as they wait for the arrival of the Obamas.

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BET Ball

A view from the BET Networks Inaugural Ball hosted at the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery.