The star-studded musical celebration, which was hosted by Terrence J and Regina Hall and marked the Obamas' final musical evening in the White House, also featured performances from Common, Janelle Monae, The Roots, Bell Biv DeVoe, De La Soul, Michelle Williams, Kierra Sheard, Jill Scott, Yolanda Adams and former Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.
"Ever since 1801, when the U.S. Marine Band played the first reception hosted by [President] John and [first lady] Abigail Adams, live performances have always been a part of life at the White House," Barack explained to the crowd. "[That] may not sound like a big deal to you, but that was sort of the twerking of their time. There will also be no twerking tonight -- at least not by me. I don't know about Usher."
"It's with a little bit of bitter-sweetness that this is our final musical evening as president and first lady," he said, adding that this is an "essential part" of the American experience. "It's a mirror [of] who we are, and a reminder of who we can be."