A very confident and very confident Lady Gaga sings the Wednesday national anthem in a very Gaga way – with flamboyance, fashion and passion.
The Grammy winner wore a large pigeon pin and a billowing red sculpted skirt that was just as large as she sang into the gold microphone, giving off an emotional and powerful performance of “Twinkling star banner. “He was followed by Jennifer Lopez, dressed all in white, gave a heartwarming medley of “This Land is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful”.
Garth Brooks sings “What a grace, “Pause for a moment to ask the audience, both present and at home, to sing along to the last verse. As he left the podium, he shook hands with Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence, wearing a cowboy hat and hugging former President Barack Obama.
The stars are among a bevy of glittering celebrities who have descended on Washington – virtually or in person – to welcome the new administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, a popular duo in Hollywood, where former President Donald Trump certainly wasn’t.
Other top players will be part of “Celebrating America,” a 90-minute multi-network evening broadcast hosted by Tom Hanks replacing the usual official first ball. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will contribute classic readings, joining musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, and Bon Jovi. Hosts Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria will be joined by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, chef Jose Andres, labor leader Dolores Huerta and Kim Ng, the first female general manager in MLB history.
The inauguration committee has made sure to tie this high-powered roster with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. The segment will include a tribute to UPS drivers, kindergarten teachers and Sandra Lindsay, the first person in New York to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial. The trial will be conducted by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS as well as the committee’s social media channels and streaming partners.
There was also a virtual “Across America Parade” on the afternoon of the inauguration, hosted by actor Tony Goldwyn with performances by Jon Stewart, Earth Wind & Fire and New Radicals – reuniting after more than two decades – among many others.
The history of celebrities appearing at inaugurations dates back to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third inauguration in 1941, when the gala celebrations the night before saw performances by Irving Berlin, Mickey Rooney and Charlie Chaplin, said Lina Mann of the White House History Association. “Chaplin performed his monologue from ‘The Great Dictator,’” notes Mann.
The celebrity component has only increased over time, and one of the most interesting inaugurations was that of John F.Kennedy in 1961.The celebration, hosted by Frank Sinatra, attracted Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Laurence Olivier, Sidney Poitier and other celebrities.
Fast forward to Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, where Aretha Franklin sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at the swearing-in, and the new president and his wife, Michelle, were accompanied by Beyoncé singing “At Last” on a premiere ball.
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