Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will perform at U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. According to the White House transition team, the lineup for the ceremony reflects America’s ethnocultural diversity, Reuters reported today, Jan. 14.
The upcoming event in Washington, D.C., will also feature African American firefighter Andrea Hall, 2017 Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gordon, Catholic priest, and former Georgetown University chancellor Leo O’Donovan, and Pastor Sylvester Beaman of Wilmington, Delaware, where Joe Biden himself lives.
Lady Gaga will perform the U.S. anthem, and Jennifer Lopez will perform a musical show.
“They represent a clear picture of the grand diversity of our great country,” the next U.S. president’s representatives said in a statement.
It also points out that the speakers reflect the faith of Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the coming “of a new chapter in American history in which America will come together to overcome the deep divisions and challenges facing the country.”
Biden’s swearing-in ceremony itself will take place at the west facade of the Capitol, which after the recent riots is surrounded by barriers and thousands of National Guardsmen. Spectators will not be allowed there.
In announcing the lineup, Biden’s transition team noted that Lady Gaga actively fights for LGBT rights and promotes various health initiatives. As for Lopez, she is “drawing attention to the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Latinos.”
Even as a presidential candidate, Biden promised to ensure gender equality in his administration. He chose a woman of African-American and Indian descent, Kamala Harris, as his vice president. The 2020 presidential victor also pledged that women will hold key cabinet positions. African-Americans and LGBTQ people will also have a significant place in his administration.