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Star-studded TV special planned as part of Biden inauguration

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Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks and Demi Lovato are joining a star-studded inaugural TV special for President-elect Joe Biden.

The entertainers will perform as part of “Celebrating America,” a prime-time program that will air live across the major TV networks — including CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC — next Wednesday. Singers Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi are also poised to take part in the 90-minute televised festivities, which will also be streamed on social media.

The special, organizers said in a Wednesday announcement, will “showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild.”

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” star Hanks will host, and Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are expected to deliver remarks.

“Through different segments and performances, the program will highlight the strength of our democracy, the perseverance of our people, and our ability to come together during trying times and emerge stronger than ever before,” the Presidential Inaugural Committee said in a statement.

The announcement of the TV special comes after the committee urged Americans last month to watch the inaugural ceremonies from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our first priority is safety — so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans,” committee CEO Tony Allen said Wednesday.

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