Lady Gaga to perform National Anthem at Biden inauguration

The New York-born Lady Gaga will perform the National Anthem at Joe Biden’s inauguration as US President next week, the inaugural committee reported Thursday (Friday morning, NZT).

Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, campaigned for Biden during the general election, hitting the trail for him the night before the election at a drive-thru rally in Pittsburgh.

They also teamed up in 2017 for a PSA about sexual assault.

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Lady Gaga campaigned for Biden during the 2020 general election.

Jennifer Lopez will also perform during the ceremony, while Andrea Hall, a career firefighter from Fulton County, Georgia, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate will recite a poem.

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Father Leo O’Donovan will deliver the invocation and Reverend Dr Silvester Beaman, the pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, will perform a benediction.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration will be a subdued affair due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing security threats.

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Joe Biden takes office next week.

Tom Hanks will host an inauguration special that night to “showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild”.

Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons are all set to perform.

The special, beginning at 8:30pm Wednesday (local time), will air live on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC.

– New York Daily News

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