The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced this morning that Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem at the swearing in ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20. The committee also announced Jennifer Lopez will provide a musical performance for the ceremonies.
“We are thrilled to announce an inspired group of dynamic participants for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies,” Tony Allen, chief executive officer of the PIC, said in a statement. “They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the time-honored traditions of the presidential inauguration as President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.”
Allen also announced the lineup for the prime-time program Celebrating America which will take place after the inauguration at 8:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. The program will “celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united” and showcase the country’s “resilience, heroism, and unified committed to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild.” The 90-minute show will be hosted by Tom Hanks and feature performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi, as well as some words from Biden and Harris.
This won’t be the first time Lady Gaga has performed the National Anthem. She famously sang it for Super Bowl 50 in 2016, accompanied only by a single piano. The performance is one of the most memorable of all time.