On Wednesday, January 20, President-elect Joe Biden will have fun his inauguration with a TV particular known as Celebrating America as an alternative of with typical in-person ceremonies resulting from COVID-19 security issues, Politico reports. The 90-minute present will spotlight and honor frontline employees who stay on the market throughout the raging pandemic, and the entire thing can be hosted by Tom Hanks.
However as a result of you possibly can’t have an inauguration ceremony with out music, Celebrating America may even characteristic performances from Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi. On Instagram, Lovato wrote that she’s “SO honored” to affix Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for the occasion: “I used to be left speechless after I was requested to carry out!”
Timberlake, in the meantime, shared how the music he is planning to play, known as “Higher Days,” got here collectively forward of the particular. Collectively along with his collaborator Clemons, he penned the tune in late 2020 as a method to look forward with optimism. “This previous yr introduced a variety of frustration, grief, anger — and there have been instances when it was simple to really feel powerless,” he wrote. “This music was our means of doing what little we may to encourage everybody to remain hopeful… and hold working in direction of a greater, extra equal future.” He additionally shared that he recorded his vocals for the tune on Election Night time.
“Now we have an extended method to go to repair, undo, and rebuild this nation… however I hope now, regardless of the previous 4 years, we’re on our means.”
The Celebrating America particular will air at 8:30 ET/PT on January 20 on ABC, CBS, and NBC, in addition to on cable channels CNN and MSNBC.