America’s biggest celebrities will take part in the Inauguration Ceremony for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris this January 20.
The big event will be held at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Biden and Harris will be sworn in at the West Front of the US Capitol.
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton will be there to stand witness to the rite of democracy. The only other living president, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter, who has spent the pandemic at home in Georgia, will not attend but has extended "best wishes" to Biden.
This year, there will be a 90-minute TV special hosted by Tom Hanks that starts at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Lady Gaga will be singing the national anthem and other celebrities to perform include Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Foo Fighters, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Eva Longoria, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bruce Springsteen.
ABC News will present live coverage of the inauguration on Jan. 20 beginning with Good Morning America. It can also be streamed live on Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku.
Four years ago, celebrities avoided to attend the inauguration of outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump. Now, celebrities are volunteering to perform in the Biden-Harris inauguration.
“When Democrats win you get the more standard celebrities. With Republicans you tend to get country music stars and race-car drivers,” says a White House source.
The theme of this year's inauguration is "America United," an issue that's long been a central focus for Biden but one that's taken on added weight in the wake of the violence at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee said that the theme "reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future.
The audience will be have limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus security has been tight since the riot that happened a few weeks ago at the Capitol.
The traditional quadrennial ball after the inauguration will be virtual, but will still be star-studded event with Jason Alexander, David Arquette, Matt Bomer, Christopher Jackson, Ted Danson, Lea DeLaria, Keegan Michael-Key, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Patinkin and many others attending the event virtually from their homes in different locations.
Dinner will be delivered at their address as soon as the ball starts.
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