The Biden-Harris administration is about to begin, and the future president and VP have lined up some superstars to help kick off their term. Joe Biden's presidential inauguration will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and feature many A-list performers throughout the day. On Jan. 14, the Inaugural Committee announced that Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez would take the stage at the swearing-in ceremony. Gaga has been selected to sing the National Anthem, a fitting choice given how closely she has worked with Biden over the years, even making a speech and performing at his final campaign rally prior to the election.
In addition to the official ceremony, Tom Hanks will also host "Celebrating America," a primetime special featuring even more A-list performers that's set to air the evening after the inauguration at 8:30 p.m. It's a stark contrast to Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration, which most artists declined to participate in, with many choosing to attend the historic Women's March instead. This year, there will actually be some spectacle — even if just virtually. Here's everything you need to know about the inauguration performances.
The coveted honor of singing the U.S. National Anthem at Biden's swearing-in ceremony belongs to Lady Gaga. According to the Biden-Harris Inaugural Committee, the singer will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. This will mark the second time that she has performed the anthem, following her rendition at Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Gaga posted the news on social media, saying that she was "deeply honored" to be selected for the job and excited to "celebrate the historic inauguration."
Jenny From the Block is about to glow up to Jenny From the White House. J.Lo is set to give a special performance during Biden's swearing-in ceremony, headlining the event alongside Gaga. While it has not been confirmed what she'll be performing at the inauguration, Chrissy Teigen has a particularly great idea.
The current commander-in-chief should be afraid. Demi Lovato is set to perform as part of the "Celebrating America" special, and while the singer has not confirmed what she'll be performing, she certainly has options. In October, she released the politically charged ballad "Commander In Chief," in which she goes after Trump. Following the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, she hinted on Twitter that she was recording a new song inspired by "today’s assault on democracy."
Justin Timberlake is also set to perform during the "Celebrating America" special. Timberlake will perform a new song he co-wrote with artist Ant Clemons titled "Better Days." The singer announced the news while on Today on Jan. 13. "I got the phone call to be asked [to perform at the inauguration], and I was just like, 'Uh, yes!'" he said. "So incredibly excited. What an honor."
John Legend, who has been vocal in the election and runoffs, is also slated to join the list of A-list performers. The singer also recently supported Biden at a rally in Pennsylvania in early November and performed songs like "Glory" featuring Common.
While a Bruce Springsteen tribute act pulled out of Trump's inauguration, The Boss himself is set to participate in Biden and Harris' event. Springsteen called on his Twitter followers to tune in for a night that celebrates the country's diversity and resilience.
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi, who has been a vocal supporter of Biden, will also join Wednesday's lineup. The "Livin' on a Prayer" singer recently performed in a virtual all-star "I Will Vote" concert last October to help raise money for the Biden Victory Fund.
Rock band Foo Fighters will also hit the stage at the inauguration. In October, the group joined Bon Jovi at the virtual "I Will Vote" concert. They tweeted prior to the event, "Music has the power to change the world. So does voting."
With additional reporting by Jessica Wang
This article was originally published on