Here are the celebrities participating in Biden’s Hollywood-heavy inauguration
Stars of all stripes are set to participate in the fast-approaching inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Wednesday’s star-spangled events will see a variety of celebrities — including actors, actresses, musicians, TikTok stars and a national youth poet laureate — sprinkled throughout a long day of virtual patriotic programming.
Many of the biggest names will appear during Wednesday night’s “Celebrating America” primetime special, hosted by screen legend Tom Hanks — though several entertainment luminaries will take part in the inaugural parade, and even the inauguration ceremony itself on Capitol Hill.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what for tomorrow’s celebration.
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Watch as the “Shallow” artist dives into the national anthem during Wednesday’s ceremony.
It don’t cost a thing to watch pop icon Lopez’s musical performance during the inauguration.
There’s a poem in this inauguration courtesy of Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate.
“America is messy. It’s still in its early development of all that we can become,” Gorman, a 22-year-old L.A. native, recently told The Times ahead of her inauguration appearance. “And I have to recognize that in the poem. I can’t ignore that or erase it. And so I crafted an inaugural poem that recognizes these scars and these wounds. Hopefully, it will move us toward healing them.”
The Associated Press reported Monday that Brooks will also perform at the inauguration. “This is not a political statement,” the country superstar said at a virtual news conference Monday. “This is a statement of unity.”
Apparently, Biden and Harris have got a friend in Hanks, who is set to host Wednesday night’s star-studded inauguration special “Celebrating America.”
After hosting a night of the Democratic National Convention last year, the “Desperate Housewives” actress will introduce various segments throughout the “Celebrating America” special.
Along with Longoria, “Scandal” star Washington will channel her inner Olivia Pope and temporarily resume her White House duties as a presenter during Wednesday night’s telecast.
What if I say the Foo Fighters will perform during the “Celebrating America” special?
All of me wants all of you to know that singer-songwriter Legend will also perform for the “Celebrating America” telecast.
Of course, Springsteen will participate in Wednesday’s patriotic celebration as part of the “Celebrating America” program. He was born in the U.S.A., after all.
What’s wrong with being confident that Lovato will rock the house during the “Celebrating America” special?
Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons
Timberlake is bringing sexy back to the White House with a “Celebrating America” performance of his new song, “Better Days,” featuring newly minted Grammy nominee Clemons.
You’re going to hear Perry roar Wednesday evening during the “Celebrating America” show. And by “roar,” we mean sing, of course.
Jon Bon Jovi
Whoa, we’re more than halfway there! In just over 24 hours, the Bon Jovi frontman will perform for the “Celebrating America” telecast.
“Hamilton” mastermind Miranda will also be in the room where it happens for the “Celebrating America” special.
Lakers legend Abdul-Jabbar could very well be the MVP of Wednesday’s “Celebrating America” broadcast.
Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard
What’s a historic day for our country without a little country music? McGraw and Hubbard will perform their new duet, “Undivided,” for the “Celebrating America” program.
Wednesday is a good day to be and a good day to see Black Pumas perform for the “Celebrating America” special.
DJ Cassidy and friends
DJ Cassidy will “Pass the Mic” to Puerto Rican musicians Ozuna and Luis Fonsi during the “Celebrating America” telecast.
For Wednesday’s virtual “Parade Across America” festivities, DJ Cassidy will link up with Earth, Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers, Kathy Sledge, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the Washington Chorus and the Triumph Baptist Church Choir.
On Wednesday morning, actress and singer Palmer will host “Our White House: An Inaugural Celebration for Young Americans,” featuring incoming First Lady Jill Biden.
“Scandal” alum and onscreen POTUS Goldwyn will emcee Wednesday’s “Parade Across America” as the University of Delaware and Howard University drumlines escort Biden and Harris from 15th Street to the White House.
Former “Daily Show” host Stewart will also participate in the parade.
TikTok sensation Nathan Apodaca will skateboard into the “Parade Across America” as well — perhaps to the tune of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.”
“I chose to participate in representing peace, I’m not on anyone’s side,’” Apodaca said Monday in a statement to The Times. “We as a nation have suffered a lot of hate and unfortunate events, and I hope to bring some good vibes to 2021. Peace up ‘cause we don’t throw peace out.”
Mother, we just can’t get enough of the fact that rock band New Radicals will reunite for the first time in 22 years at the parade.
Allyson Felix, Nathan Chen and Katie Ledecky
Olympic sprinter Felix, figure skater Chen and swimmer Ledecky will once again represent the United States during Wednesday’s parade.
Singer Day will rise up to the task of performing during the parade, along with figure skater Kaitlyn “the Skate Kid” Saunders.
Prolific director and choreographer Ortega will lead the “Dance Across America” segment of the parade, featuring 275 performers from 30 states and two territories.
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