Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem during the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20.
The inauguration committee unveiled on Twitter, early on Thursday, that the singer would perform “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with Jennifer Lopez also set for a “musical performance,” adding celebrity power to the swearing-in event. Amanda Gorman will give a poetry reading, the tweet said.
Lady Gaga in 2016 also sang the anthem during the opening ceremony of Super Bowl 50, drawing rave reviews.
She also played a role during Biden’s campaign. For example, when the Democrat encouraged his supporters to cast their ballots during a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, drive-in rally, he found a hypewoman in the form of Lady Gaga. “Joe Biden is the right choice,” she said back then.
And she urged voters to prepare a voting day plan. “Bring a friend or two like you have today, bring your neighbor, a member of your family and together, cast a vote for your country and be willing to do whatever it takes to stand up for what you believe in,” she said.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris’ Presidential Inaugural Committee on Wednesday had announced a star-studded primetime special entitled Celebrating America, which will be hosted by Tom Hanks and air 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m. across five TV networks and online. The participating networks are ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. The event will also stream on the committee’s YouTube and social media channels, Amazon Prime Video, Twitch and Fox’s NewsNOW.
The special will also include performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, with other performers still to be announced. Biden and Harris will make remarks during the event.
For past inaugurations, TV networks have usually carried concerts and other performances hosted by inaugural committees, so the special is effectively replacing that coverage.