Exclusive Video: Stars Come Out in Full Force for Latino Inaugural Gala

Last night, the best and brightest Latino stars came out to celebrate the inauguration of President Elect Barack Obama. The Latino Inaugural Gala, co-hosted by Rosario Dawson's Voto Latino organization and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) garnered some serious star power. The list of celebs was a mile long and included, George Lopez, Luis Fonsi, and Lila Downs.

Marc Anthony headlined the event and brought his lovely wife, Jennifer Lopez along for the show. La Lopez stunned the crowd in a jewel tone, royal blue Marchesa gown that was decidedly less controversial than her choice for the Golden Globes. The couple looked as loving and together as ever, making it difficult to believe the reports that their marriage may be in crisis, although J.Lo was again sans wedding ring. Marc was focused on his performance in honor of the President Elect telling Latina.com, "It's a historic moment and to come out and support the change that's about to take place is a no brainer. We're just really excited, we're fans of the new administration, they represent hope and the future and a voice."

Rosie Perez also made an appearance, looking fierce in a black and silver Dolce and Gabbana dress. The pint size Puerto Rican actress was thrilled to be celebrating Obama's presidency, especially since she campaigned so heavily for him before most Americans thought he had a real shot at the winning.

Lila Downs brought a more international perspective to the event saying, "I think this is a new beginning and I think Barack Obama is a totally positive person to represent the people, someone who really believes in the power of the people and all the communities that constitute this country." She also touched on the immigration issue, saying that she hopes Obama starts to look at the hot button topic as a humanitarian question rather than a political one.

Soledad O'Brien said she thought it was important that Latinos mobilized for this election, "Communities around the country want to see hope and want to see change and want to see progress. Even if you've immigrated to this country a long, long time ago it's time to start thinking about a new America, an America that includes people like you and me and an America that has a lot of different voices."

In the end the stars all understood that they were there to fete the biggest celebrity in the world, President Elect Barack Obama. Jennifer Lopez put it best, "Barack is the biggest star here, even though it's chock full of a lot of celebrities. We're just glad to be here. We're excited for the future, you can feel it in the air. The night he won the election, I was actually in the studio working and I remember just looking up, with tears in my eyes thinking, 'Yes, something is different, something is happening in the world." You could feel it, it was palpable. It's amazing to have been invited, we feel very honored."

Check out our exclusive video coverage of the red carpet below:

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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