Biden’s inauguration will be a significant change from those of previous presidents due to security concerns and COVID-19.
Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the Western Front of the U.S. Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States next Wednesday.
Other artists include Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons, and actor Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute prime-time special celebrating Biden’s inauguration.
The event will also feature remarks from a black Georgia firefighter, former Youth Poet Laureate, Catholic priest and pastor from Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
“They represent a clear picture of the great diversity of our great nation,” Biden’s team said in a statement Thursday.
The presenters reflect the “unwavering vision of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris of a new chapter in our American history in which we are one America united to overcome the divisions and deep challenges facing our people, unify the country and restore the soul of our nation, ”he added.
the #InaugurationDay the program of the ceremony is here! 🥳
Invocation – Fr. Leo O’Donovan
Pledge of Allegiance – Andrea Hall
National anthem – @Lady Gaga
Poetry Reading – Amanda Gorman
Musical performance – @JLo
Blessing – Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman pic.twitter.com/IkTAwH3wgu
– Biden Inaugural Committee (@BidenInaugural) January 14, 2021
Their roles come as the Democrat takes control of the White House from Republican Donald Trump in a scaled-down event amid the COVID-19 pandemic and growing security concerns after a crowd of Trump supporters attacked the United States Capitol seeking to thwart lawmakers’ certification of Biden’s victory. The attack took lawmakers into hiding and left five people dead, including a police officer.
Citing two unnamed officials, CNN reported on Wednesday that Biden had changed his travel plans, amid growing security concerns surrounding the inauguration. He had previously planned to take the Amtrak train from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington.
Biden’s transition team said in a statement Wednesday that Biden had received a briefing from senior FBI officials, the Secret Service and key members of his national security team.
“In the week following the attack on Congress by a mob that included domestic terrorists and violent extremists, the nation continued to learn more about the threat to our democracy and the potential for further violence in the days. to come, ”the declaration Lily. “It’s a challenge that the President-elect and his team take very seriously.”
The public will not be in the audience to witness the swearing-in at the west facade of the Capitol building, now fortified by fences, gates and thousands of National Guard soldiers.
Local media reported Thursday that the Trump administration offered Biden the use of Blair House, the official residence of the president’s guests, on the eve of his inauguration, and Biden agreed.
Other speakers at the inauguration included career firefighter Andrea Hall of Fulton County, Ga., And Amanda Gorman, the 2017 National Youth Poet from Los Angeles. Former Georgetown University President Father Leo O’Donovan and Reverend Dr Silvester Beaman of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church – both close to the Biden family – will also speak.