Pop celebrity Lady Gaga will sing the nationwide anthem throughout Joe Biden’s swearing-in as US president on January 20, with Jennifer Lopez additionally performing at the largely digital occasion, it was introduced Thursday.
The 2 music icons will headline an inauguration like no different, with safety stepped up in Washington towards threats by extremist supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump after they attacked the US Capitol final week in a bid to overturn the outcomes of the election.
Native authorities are asking individuals to steer clear of the ceremonies to reduce the probabilities of unrest — and of the swearing-in turning right into a Covid-19 superspreader occasion.
As a substitute, Biden’s inaugural committee mentioned that it’ll broadcast 5 days of programming below the theme “America United” which “will honor inaugural traditions whereas safely permitting extra People than ever earlier than to take part from their very own properties.”
The calendar contains “United We Serve,” a Nationwide Day of Service on January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a nationwide Covid-19 Memorial to Lives Misplaced on January 19; and wreath laying at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery on Inauguration Day.
Rather than the lots of of 1000’s of people that often crowd the Nationwide Mall for the inauguration, the committee will set up a “Subject of Flags” which it mentioned will “symbolize the American people who find themselves unable to journey.”
Scene of the assault
The 90-minute “Celebrating America” inauguration present shall be hosted by Tom Hanks and have extra musical performances, from Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato, and shall be broadcast on all main US networks, US media reported.
Gaga and Lopez will perform through the ceremony itself, held on the steps of the Capitol constructing, which nonetheless bears the scars of the January 6 assault.
Gaga has been a vocal supporter of Biden, showing at his marketing campaign finale in Pittsburgh in November; whereas Lopez has been outspoken in latest months about Covid-19 reduction efforts.
Some 20,000 Nationwide Guard troopers are anticipated in Washington for Biden’s inauguration. The capital is already below heavy safety, with a lot of downtown fenced off and below guard.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has requested guests to keep residence due to the raging pandemic, and Airbnb has banned bookings within the capital across the time of the inauguration.
Aretha Franklin sang at Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, whereas Beyonce carried out at his second 4 years later.
Trump — who on Wednesday turned the primary president to be impeached for a second time for inciting the Capitol “riot” — had to accept much less well-known artists in 2017 due to his unpopularity within the leisure world. Nation singer Toby Keith headlined the occasion.
The outgoing president, who claims the election was rigged to deny him victory, is not going to attend the inauguration.