The Foo Fighters, Legend and Springsteen will give remote performances while Longoria and Washington will introduce segments of the event.
Bruce will join our next President and Vice President @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for #Inauguration2021! Tune in We… https://t.co/92QsGJ0mva— Bruce Springsteen (@Bruce Springsteen) 1610713394.0
The news follows Variety's exclusive announcement that longtime Biden supporter Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the event.
Also on deck for the ceremony are Jennifer Lopez, who will perform; firefighter Andrea Hall, who will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance; and Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate (and a Los Angeles native), who will recite a poem; an invocation will be delivered by Father Leo O'Donovan, and a benediction by Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, both longtime friends of the Biden family.
Additional artists booked for the Biden-Harris inaugural events have not yet been publicly revealed. The new Democratic ticket is expected to draw a starry lineup of industry supporters to participate and perform for inaugural festivities. In addition to the swearing-in ceremony, a virtual parade and other events are scheduled for live streams on Jan. 20. There's also a primetime network special that night hosted by Tom Hanks that will feature Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons.
Variety. January 15, 2021
January 15, 2021
Voices4America Post Script. There are 20,000 troops in DC because of the violence on January 6th and threats of violent #CriminalTrumpers. Joe and Kamala, elected by the American people, are ready to lead. They will be inaugurated at noon on January 20. Many will sing.
More on the Inauguration From The New York Times.
The Biden Transition
Answers to your questions about Inauguration Day:
What will the inauguration look like?
Joseph R. Biden Jr. will become president of the United States at noon on Jan. 20 in a scaled-back inauguration ceremony. While key elements will remain traditional, many events will be downsized and "reimagined" to better adapt the celebration to a nation battling the coronavirus. Mr. Biden will be sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on the Capitol's West Front sometime before noon. The new president is then expected give his inaugural address and conduct a review of military troops, as is tradition. But instead of a traditional parade before cheering spectators along Pennsylvania Avenue as the new president, vice president and their families make their way to the White House over a mile away, there will be an official escort with representatives from every branch of the military for one city block.
Will President Trump attend?
President Trump announced Friday that he would not attend Mr. Biden's inauguration. Mr. Biden called that decision "one of the few things he and I have ever agreed on. Still, it is a major break with tradition for a president to skip the ceremonial heart of the country's democracy: the peaceful transfer of power.
Who will attend? And can I attend?
George W. Bush, has confirmed he would travel to Washington for Inauguration Day, along with Laura Bush, the former first lady. Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are also expected to attend, along with former first ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. This year, tickets are not available to members of the public. Planners are urging people to stay home and participate in virtual inaugural events to prevent large crowds that could easily spread the coronavirus. Events will be live streamed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee and by The New York Times.
Why is a presidential inauguration so important?
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution requires that the term of each elected president and vice president begin at noon Jan. 20 of the year after the election. Every president has taken the oath of office, and they cannot assume their positions without doing so. Symbolically, it marks the peaceful transfer of power from the current president to the next. Inauguration Day will be all the more important this year, as Mr. Biden ascends to the presidency at a time when political division has threatened the nation's democratic institutions and his predecessor has gone to extreme lengths to stay in power.
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