One might say the Janet Jackson moment of President Bush's inaugural festivities came yesterday (Jan. 18) at a youth concert with hundreds of preteen Hilary Duff fans in the audience.

One might say the Janet Jackson moment of President Bush's inaugural festivities came yesterday (Jan. 18) at a youth concert with hundreds of preteen Hilary Duff fans in the audience.

No nudity was involved, but the profanity probably didn't win rock act Fuel any fans amongst the parents at the "America's Future Rocks Today" concert. Fuel frontman Brett Scallions proclaimed, "Welcome to the greatest f***ing country in the world," following it with a quick apology of "excuse my language."

The outburst was one of the most interesting moments of yesterday's concert, hosted by Bush twins Jenna and Barbara, who were in the audience but did not come on stage.

Duff was the headliner at the half-full, D.C. Armory event, which paid tribute to youth volunteerism and community service. Duff, who performed in a black sequin top, rolled-up jeans and sneakers, warmed up the crowd for the president and first lady Laura Bush.

"My call to you all is that as you enjoy the great freedoms of America and as you enjoy yourself at this inauguration, I hope you take away the lesson of helping somebody in need," said Bush, who arrived toward the end of the concert after Scallions' remark. "And when you do, it will not only make our country a better place, it will lift up your own spirit."

Other performers included 2003 "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, pop singer JoJo and rock act 3 Doors Down. Another crowd favorite was vocalist Ryan Cabrera, a Dallas native who said his last trip to Washington was in the seventh grade on a field trip. "I lost my contact lens in the Capitol," he told the audience, urging them to keep an eye out for it.


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