The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) final week introduced a star-studded lineup for the inauguration ceremony, in addition to numerous A-list entertainers who will seem at further occasions aired after Biden and Harris are sworn in.
Taking the ceremony stage might be Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez with respective performances. Each feminine artists are greater than outfitted for entertaining huge crowds as they’ve every beforehand carried out on the Tremendous Bowl. Becoming a member of them in a surprising announcement made simply days in the past is nation icon Garth Brooks, who joked earlier this week that he may be the “only Republican” in attendance.
Whereas the ceremonial occasions might be largely digital, there may be numerous streaming occasions in addition to a prime-time particular to comply with on Wednesday. See beneath for a breakdown of the historic occasions and what stars you may anticipate to see.
The Grammy and Oscar winner is not any stranger to acting at political occasions. Simply months after acting at a rally in Pittsburgh, Penn. alongside Biden, Gaga is ready to carry out “The Star-Spangled Banner” in individual on the Capitol on Wednesday.
Fox Information caught up with the singer’s father, Joe Germanotta, final week, who shared that he was thrilled his daughter will participate.
“I am extraordinarily proud,” mentioned Germanotta, a New Yorker. “I am wanting ahead to watching it.”
The performer’s father additionally wished for a “calm day” because the ceremony takes place simply two weeks after the Capitol was violently breached by rioters, leaving at the least 5 useless.
Late Tuesday, Gaga shared her personal assertion about her hope for security for all.
“I pray tomorrow might be a day of peace for all People,” she mentioned on social media on Tuesday. “A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not worry. A day for dreaming of our future pleasure as a rustic. A dream that’s non-violent, a dream that gives security for our souls.”
Latin famous person Jennifer Lopez will comply with Gaga’s efficiency with a musical efficiency of her personal. Little has been launched about what songs Lopez will carry out, however her fiance, Alex Rodriguez, earlier this week promised viewers might be “stunned.”
On Tuesday, Lopez teased on Instagram that she had touched down within the nation’s capital. In footage shared to her Instagram, Lopez poses for selfies with members of the army.
“What an honor to spend a number of moments with these courageous women and men. Thanks on your service and sacrifice. I honor you in the present day and on a regular basis. 🇺🇸 Tomorrow I sing for you and all People. ❤️🤍💙 #inauguration2021.”
The nation star can even carry out on the ceremony. Brooks mentioned Dr. Jill Biden referred to as him personally to ask him to carry out.
“I’ve performed for each president there may be, since Carter, apart from Reagan. That is an honor for me to get to serve… and it is one of many issues that, if my household is round, regardless of who the president-elect is, it is an honor to be requested,” he instructed reporters, in keeping with Entertainment Tonight.
Brooks’ participation stunned his fanbase as a result of he is as well-known Republican. Some followers claimed they have been “wanting ahead” to watching him onstage on Wednesday whereas others claimed to have “unfollowed” the star after the announcement was made. Nonetheless, he made positive to notice that his presence there may be about bringing individuals collectively, not politics.
The PIC introduced the theme of Biden’s ceremony to be “America United.”
“At a time of unprecedented disaster and deep divisions, America United displays the start of a brand new nationwide journey that restores the soul of America, brings the nation collectively, and creates a path to a brighter future,” the group mentioned in a press release.
“Parade Throughout America”
There’s additionally a digital “Parade Throughout America” on inauguration afternoon at 3:15 p.m., hosted by actor Tony Goldwyn with appearances by Jon Stewart, Earth Wind & Fireplace and the New Radicals — reuniting after greater than 20 years — amongst many others.
“Our White Home”
Actress Keke Palmer can even host “Our White Home: An Inaugural Celebration for Younger People” that includes Dr. Jill Biden. This can be a livestream for kids from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and can embody a message from the brand new first girl.
“Celebrating America” Particular
Tom Hanks will host a primetime particular titled “Celebrating America” might be broadcast on a number of networks together with NewsNow from Fox, ABC, CBS and Amazon Prime Video, starting at 8:30 p.m. These with out entry to any of these platforms may tune in on the PIC’s social media pages.
The Foo Fighters, John Legend, Katy Perry Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bruce Springsteen are additionally set to entertain viewers.
Hosts Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria might be joined by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, chef Jose Andres, labor chief Dolores Huerta and Kim Ng, the primary feminine normal supervisor in MLB historical past.
On Tuesday evening, Legend’s spouse Chrissy Teigen confirmed they have been in Washington D.C. with numerous images shared to Instagram. She stood alongside members of the Nationwide Guard whom she referred to as “literal f–king heroes.”
Nation artists Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard are additionally taking part in “Celebrating America” with a duet of their new music “Undivided.” McGraw and Hubbard debuted the track last week. In its lyrics, the musicians name for unity amongst individuals regardless of their race, political and spiritual beliefs. The music’s launch comes at a time when tensions are heightened throughout the nation within the wake of a lethal riot on the U.S. Capitol two weeks in the past.
The historical past of celebrities acting at inaugurations dates again to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third inauguration in 1941, when a gala celebration the night earlier than noticed performances from Irving Berlin, Mickey Rooney and Charlie Chaplin, says Lina Mann of the White Home Historic Affiliation. “Chaplin carried out his monologue from ‘The Nice Dictator,’” Mann notes.
The movie star part solely elevated over time, and one of many starriest inaugurations was that of John F. Kennedy in 1961. That celebration, hosted by Frank Sinatra, drew Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Laurence Olivier, Sidney Poitier and different celebrities.
Quick ahead to the primary Barack Obama inauguration in 2009, the place Aretha Franklin sang “My Nation, ‘Tis of Thee” on the swearing-in, and the brand new president and his spouse, Michelle, have been serenaded by Beyoncé singing “At Final” at an inaugural ball.
The Related Press contributed to this report.