WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will take the stage at the inauguration ceremony for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden in Washington next week alongside others in what her transition team said will feature a diverse America.
The two will perform at the Jan. 20 event for the 46th incoming U.S. President, which will also include remarks by a black Georgia firefighter, former young poet laureate, Catholic priest and pastor. from Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Lopez will give a musical performance. “They represent a clear picture of the great diversity of our great nation,” Biden’s team said in a statement Thursday.
The presenters reflect the unwavering vision of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris of a new chapter in our American history in which we are one America united to overcome the deep divisions and challenges our people face, unify the country and restore the soul of our nation, ”he added.
Their roles come as the Democrat takes control of the White House from Republican Donald Trump in a scaled-down event amid the COVID-19 pandemic and growing security concerns after a crowd of Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol seeking to thwart lawmakers’ certification of Biden’s victory.
The public will not be on hand to witness the swearing-in at the western front of the Capitol building, now fortified with fences, barriers and thousands of National Guard soldiers.
Announcing the inaugural speakers, Biden’s transition team cited Lady Gaga’s advocacy for LGBTQ rights and health issues, as well as Lopez’s work to raise awareness of the disproportionate impact of the novel coronavirus on Latinos.
Other speakers include career firefighter Andrea Hall of Fulton County, Ga., And Amanda Gorman, the 2017 Los Angeles Youth National Poet.
Former Georgetown University President Father Leo O’Donovan and Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church – both close to the Biden family – will also speak.
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