President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into the White House on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 20), and a galaxy of stars is singing in celebration.
Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the official swearing-in ceremony, where Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks will also perform. Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons will sing their original collaboration “Better Days” while and Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard will perform “Undivided” at the primetime special Celebrating America later that evening. And that’s all happening on the last day of five days of scheduled programming by the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC).
Below, Billboard compiled the planned music moments for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration, in chronological order.
“America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers”
Whoopi Goldberg, Darren Criss, the Resistance Revival Choir, Cristela Alonzo, Nik Dodani and the Black Pumas appeared during the “America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers” welcome event Saturday night “to celebrate America, reflect and honor our history, and highlight the incredible diversity of the nation.” America United streamed from the PIC’s website bideninaugural.org/watch and its YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch accounts.
“We the People”
Keegan-Michael Key and Debra Messing hosted the first-of-its-kind “We The People” concert on Sunday night on the PIC’s website and social pages, which featured performances and appearances by Fall Out Boy, AJR, Ben Harper, Carole King, James Taylor, Will.I.Am, Michael Bivins, Connie Britton, Sophia Bush, Jaime Camil and Kal Penn.
“United We Serve” A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service
“United We Serve” A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service honored and celebrated the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday night on the PIC’s site and socials. The hour-long celebration featured appearances from Aloe Blacc, Rev. Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Chesca, Rep. Sharice Davids, Rosario Dawson, Andra Day, Yo-Yo Ma, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean Patrick Thomas, Diane Warren, Lynn Whitfield and Bebe Winans.
“AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers”
The “AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers,” which aims to celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, will feature performances by Japanese Breakfast, Ari Afsar, Raja Kumari, and more. Actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, and Chloe Bennet will also be making appearances during the event.
“AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers” will air at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday on the PIC site and its socials.
“We Are One” event
Terrence J will host the “We Are One” celebration of the Black community and African diaspora, which will feature appearances by Leslie Jones, Frankie Beverly, Stacey Abrams, Senator-Elect Rev. Raphael Warnock as well as performances by Tobe Nwigwe, DJ D-Nice, The O’Jays, Rapsody, Step Afrika, the String Queens, the Texas Southern University Debate Team, and more. There will also be a Battle of the Bands college competition, featuring Florida A&M University Marching 100, Grambling State University World Famed Marching Band, Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South, Louisiana Leadership Institute All-star Marching Band, South Carolina State University Marching 101, Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band, and the Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands.
“We Are One” will air at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday on the PIC site and its socials.
Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience & Promise
Eva Longoria will host the “Latino Inaugural 2021: Inheritance, Resilience & Promise,” “a commemorative and inspirational, all-star tribute to our essential workers during the pandemic, Latino voters who showed up at the polls, and the momentous achievements and historic representation of our community across the nation.” Musical performances include Gaby Moreno; Gilberto Santa Rosa; Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis Miranda; an Emilio Estefan-produced performance of “One World, One Prayer” by The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Shaggy, Farruko and Cedella Marley; Mariachi Nuevo Santander performing “This Land is Your Land”; and All-Star Tejanos United performing “America the Beautiful: A Salute to the Latino Imprint.” Becky G, Ivy Queen, Los Tigres del Norte, Rita Moreno, Edward James Olmos, and John Leguizamo will also make special appearances.
The event will air at 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday on the PIC’s site and socials as well as NBC Universal’s streaming service Peacock, Telemundo’s app and Telemundo.com, and all of Univision News’ digital platforms including UnivisionNoticias.com.
59th Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony
Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem while Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks will deliver musical performances during the 59th Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony. Trailblazing fire captain Andrea Hall will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance, and there will be a poetry reading by activist/poet Amanda Gorman.
Coverage of the swearing-in ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, which will take place on the west front of the U.S. Capitol building. The PIC will livestream the event on its site as well as its socials. Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T U-verse (Channel 212/1212 in SD/HD) and DIRECTV (Channel 201) will also stream the event.
Celebrating America primetime special
Tom Hanks will host the primetime special Celebrating America following Biden and Harris’ swearing-in ceremony. Performers during the 90-minute TV event include Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Ant Clemons, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Foo Fighters, Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard, and Ozuna and DJ Cassidy. The artists that “represent the rich diversity and extensive talent America offers” will perform at “iconic locations across the country.” Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will also take part in this special by introducing “stories of young people making a difference in their communities” as well as the performers.
Celebrating America will air Wednesday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. It also livestream on the PIC’s socials as well as Amazon Prime Video, Twitch and NewsNOW from Fox.