Tom Hanks is helping to welcome the new U.S. president and vice-president.
On January 20, the actor will host the primetime “Celebrating America” TV special, which will culminate in the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
The special will also feature performances by Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi, with more acts to be announced, according to Deadline.
It was then revealed that Lady Gaga would sing the national anthem on Jan. 20, while Jennifer Lopez was added to the list of performers, Variety reported.
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According to Deadline, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and the Foo Fighters will also perform, while Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will be in attendance, introducing segments throughout the two-hour special.
Garth Brooks has also been added to the list of performers.
While announcing his upcoming appearance in a virtual press conference, the country icon said, “In our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity.”
“There’s a common theme in every presidential election,” Brooks continued. “New beginnings. New starts. We’re all together in this one, but truly I think the word unity, the word love, the word that we belong to each other… We can’t just take extreme left and extreme right, because there’s a silent majority in the middle. It’s going to dwarf both of those.”
On Instagram, Timberlake revealed that he will be performing an original song with Ant Clemons, written during lockdown.
“This song was our way of doing what little we could to encourage everyone to stay hopeful… and keep working towards a better, more equal future,” he said. “I’m very honoured to announce we will be performing this song on January 20th for the Presidential Inauguration. We have a long way to go to fix, undo, and rebuild this country… but I hope now, despite the past four years, we are on our way.”
Biden and Harris’s inauguration is set to take place at noon on Jan. 20, with the special starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
“We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the front lines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this primetime program,” Tony Allen, the CEO of Biden’s presidential inaugural committee, said in a statement.
Much of the inauguration celebration will also take place virtually to meet COVID-19 protocols.
“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,” Allen said.