America will mark the transition from the administration of Donald Trump to a presidency of Joe Biden with a little hand of Tom Hanks, in the soft tones of a Demi Lovato.
The stars line up for “Celebrating America,” a special opening in honor of the new administration scheduled to air Wednesday, January 20 on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and various social media channels, announced the inaugural presidential committee in a press release Wednesday.
The 90-minute special will “celebrate the start of a new national journey to a united America” and “showcase the resilience, heroism and unified commitment of the American people to come together as a nation to heal and rebuild ”.
Hanks will serve as emcee alongside artists who “represent the rich diversity and vast talent that America has to offer,” including Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi, the statement said. Additional guests will be announced at a later date.
President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will also deliver remarks at the televised event.
“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 difficult times and come out stronger than ever,” the press release said. “The program will honor American heroes who are helping fellow Americans through this crisis, including frontline workers, health workers, teachers, citizens who give back and those who break down barriers.
Timberlake has revealed he will perform his recently released song “Better Days” with Clemons, describing the invitation to appear on the special as an “honor” during a “Today” interview on Wednesday.
Lovato, meanwhile, broke the news on Instagram, writing that she was “left speechless when I was asked to perform.” The pop star has not revealed which song she selected for the stage, but perhaps she will debut with music inspired by the Capitol Riots, which she somewhat controversially teased last week.
As for Hanks, who tested positive for COVID-19 in March with his wife Rita Wilson, he has been one of the most visible and outspoken celebrities urging fans to take the coronavirus seriously.
“There are really only three things we can do to make it into tomorrow: wear a mask, take social distance, wash our hands,” Hanks said at a press conference in June. “These things are so simple, so easy; if someone cannot find in themselves the practice of these three very basic things – I just think, shame on you, ”he added.
The all-star lineup, of course, stands in stark contrast to the shortage of A-listers during the celebration of Trump’s inauguration in 2016. The inaugural committee at the time had struggled to find artists after everyone else , from Elton John to Celine Dion, would have refused them.
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