Lady Gaga to perform national anthem at Biden swearing-in
Lady Gaga is being tapped to sing the national anthem at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
The “Stupid Love” singer will be among the star-studded lineup on Jan. 20 and will belt out the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Biden’s inaugural committee announced Thursday.
Jennifer Lopez will also perform at the inaugural ceremonies on the West Front of the Capitol.
The entertainers 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,” Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Tony Allen said in a statement.
“They are also committed to the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect’s steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” Allen said.
Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, was an outspoken Biden supporter during the 2020 presidential campaign. She hit the campaign trail with the then-Democratic presidential nominee in Pennsylvania, and voiced her support for Biden in a series of videos for her more than 83 million Twitter followers.
The rallying cries led President Trump to knock Biden’s celebrity endorsements during a November rally, telling a crowd, “I could tell you plenty of stories about Lady Gaga. I know a lot of stories about her.”
Lopez, who co-headlined last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, endorsed Biden in November. The “Ain’t Your Mama” singer said she didn’t want her kids to learn that it’s “OK to be racist” from Trump’s administration.
In addition to the star wattage, firefighter Andrea Hall will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance at the inaugural ceremony and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will recite a poem, Biden’s inaugural committee said. Father Leo O’Donovan will deliver an invocation and the Rev. Dr. Silvester Beaman will give the benediction.
Several stars will also celebrate Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s inauguration with a prime-time TV special, organizers announced Wednesday.
“Celebrating America,” hosted by Tom Hanks and featuring performances from Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons, will air across major TV networks the night of the inauguration.