The usual festivities around the event, shelved this year for health and public safety reasons, will be replaced by a special, “Celebrating America”, broadcast after the swearing-in of Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Following the interpretation of Lady Gaga on the steps of the Capitol, Jennifer Lopez will perform a “musical performance”, said the committee.
Both had supported Joe Biden during his campaign, and Lady Gaga, whom Joe Biden calls his “great friend”, had already performed at his last big meeting. When he was Barack Obama’s vice president, they worked together on a campaign against sexual harassment.
After the ceremony, Joe Biden had already announced that he would go immediately to Arlington National Cemetery with three of his predecessors: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, to lay a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier and call for unity.
In the evening, a television program will be presented by American actor Tom Hanks and will include Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi and Justin Timberlake among the guests.
The presidential nomination committee opted for a program that airs simultaneously on all major American channels and on the Internet mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Security will also be reinforced, after the assault on the United States Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on January 6.
The “virtual parade” is scheduled to begin at 11:30 am local time (5:30 pm HB), while the show will be broadcast around 8:30 pm (2:30 am HB).
In 2009, Aretha Franklin had sung during the first inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama, as well as Bruce Springsteen, U2, Shakira or Stevie Wonder. Four years later for her re-election, Beyoncé sang the national anthem.
In 2017, Donald Trump had to be content with lesser-known artists, the man being little appreciated by the entertainment world.
The outgoing president has said he will not attend the ceremony on January 20.