Beyonce, Bono among artists at inaugural

NEW YORK - Judging by the lineup, Sunday's inaugural celebration for Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial is a coveted gig for music's top names.

Beyonce, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban and James Taylor are among the musicians scheduled to perform Sunday afternoon. The president-elect and his family are due to attend, with Obama expected to speak.

Other performers include Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles.

HBO will televise the show at 7 p.m. EST.

Piven calls departure 'humbling'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Jeremy Piven said his decision to abruptly leave the Broadway revival of 'Speed-the-Plow' in mid-run because of mercury poisoning was 'a completely humbling experience.'

Speaking publicly Sunday for the first time about the incident, Piven told former football star Tiki Barber during NBC's Golden Globes red-carpet show: 'I don't know if they've ever taken you out of a game or if you've had to kind of stop a season short, but that's basically what the doctors did to me. I could have gone against doctors orders. I didn't. I'm just grateful to be here to be honest with you.'

Gandolfini on Broadway

NEW YORK - Get ready. Tony Soprano on Broadway.

James Gandolfini - from HBO's classic mob series 'The Sopranos' - will star with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden in 'God of Carnage,' Yasmina Reza's four-character play about the clash between two liberal, middle-class couples.

The play opens March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. It begins preview performances Feb. 28.

'God of Carnage' was a hit last year in London with a cast that included Ralph Fiennes and Janet McTeer.