Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will be among the A-list artists to take part in the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. next week, his inaugural committee announced Thursday, adding their names to a lineup that includes Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi.
In a press release, the inaugural presidential committee said Lady Gaga would sing the national anthem at the swearing-in ceremony on January 20 and that Lopez would put on a “musical performance” of some sort.
Amanda Gorman, who in 2017 became the first National Young Poets Laureate in the United States, will read poetry; a firefighter will conduct the pledge of allegiance; and a priest and pastor who are close friends of Mr. Biden will lead the invocation and blessing.
They represent a clear picture of the great diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the centuries-old traditions of the presidential nomination as President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take the oath on the Western Front of the Capitol. American, ”Tony Allen, head of the inaugural presidential committee, said in a statement.
The performance announcements add new details to the emerging portrait of Mr. Biden’s reimagined inauguration – one that will take place amid heightened health and safety concerns as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage and Washington is in the midst of taken in the fallout from last week’s riot on Capitol Hill by a crowd aligned with Trump.
On Wednesday, Mr Biden’s inaugural committee announced that it will host a prime-time televised event to close the festivities and that the event featuring Timberlake and Bon Jovi will be hosted by actor Tom Hanks.
Art and music have long been harnessed by new presidents to help capture the mood of the moment, provide symbolism, and advance the broad themes the new administration is focused on. In Mr. Biden’s case, that theme is “America united” in a time of strong partisanship and division – an inaugural theme that echoes a direct line from Mr. Biden’s campaign, during which he is repeatedly committed to “restoring the soul” of the nation. .
And while many aspects of the swearing-in ceremony will remember past inaugurations, the debates will generally be smaller and socially distant, and some events will take place virtually. Officials said there will be a “virtual televised parade across America” and a public art installation on the National Mall. With the virus raging, there has been no mention of inaugural balls or galas in person inside.