Washington, United States:
Pop superstar Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem during the January 20 swearing-in of Joe Biden as US president, with Jennifer Lopez also performing at a massive virtual show, it was announced on Thursday.
The two music icons will lead the inauguration like no other, with attacks in Washington against threats by extremist supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump after attacking the US Capitol last week to reverse the election results.
Local officials are asking people to stay away from the celebrations to reduce the possibility of unrest – and the swearing-in turns into a Kovid-19 superspreader incident.
Instead, Biden’s inaugural committee said it would broadcast five days of programming under the “America United” theme, which would “honor inaugural traditions, while safely allowing more Americans to participate from their homes than before Will give.
“United We Serve,” a national day of service on January 18 in the calendar, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; A nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost Lost January 19; And wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on Inauguration Day.
Typically in place of the hundreds of thousands of people crowding the National Mall for the inauguration, the committee would establish a “Field of Flags” that it said would “represent American people who are unable to travel.”
US media reported that the 90-minute “Celebrating America” inaugural show will be hosted by Tom Hanks and will feature more musical performances from John Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato and broadcast on all major US networks.
Gaga and Lopez will perform during the ceremony held on the stairs of the Capitol Building, which still has traces of the January 6 attack.
Gaga has been a vocal supporter of Biden, who attended the closing ceremony of his campaign in Pittsburgh in November; While Lopez has been vocal in recent months about the Kovid-19 relief efforts.
Some 20,000 National Guard troops are expected in Washington for the inauguration of Bedan. The capital is already heavily guarded, with most of the city closed and under guard.
Washington Mayor Mural Boeser has asked visitors to stay indoors due to the raging epidemic, and around the time of the inauguration Airbnb has banned bookings in the capital.
Aretha Franklin sang at Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, while Beyoncé performed in her second four years.
Trump – who on Wednesday became the first president to impeach the Capitals for the second time to provoke “capitulation” – had to settle for less well-known artists in 2017 due to his unpopularity in the entertainment world. Country singer Toby Keith presided over the event.
The outgoing president, who claims that the election was rigged to deny victory, will not attend the inauguration.
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