Tom Hanks will host a TV special after Joe Biden’s inauguration, while Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and other artists will perform.
Elected President Joe Biden and elected vice president Kamala Harris will soon be taking office – and the two will call their new administration with some of the most respected names in the entertainment industry. Oscar winner Tom Hanks was announced as hosting a 90-minute special, Celebrating America, which will air after the duo were sworn in at America’s top office on January 20. Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, and Ant clemons will also perform during the program, which will “demonstrate the resilience, heroism and unified commitment of the American people to come together as a nation for healing and rebuilding”.
Demi Lovato will perform at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Image: AP
Frontline workers, healthcare workers, teachers and other heroic Americans will be honored during the broadcast, according to the official recap, while more artists are due to be announced on the A-List. Former Disney star Demi Lovato announced that she was “speechless” when asked to perform. “It’s a great honor to announce that I will be attending their special Celebrating America event with @joebiden & @kamalaharris,” she wrote in an Instagram post on January 13th. “I was speechless when I was asked to perform.” Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the writing process for his new song, Better Days, which he’ll be performing on the TV special.
Justin Timberlake will also take the stage. Image: AP
“The past year has brought a lot of frustration, sadness and anger – and there have been times when it was easy to feel powerless,” Justin wrote on an Instagram clip on January 13th. “This song was our way of doing as little as possible to encourage everyone to remain hopeful … and continue to work toward a better, more equal future. It is my great honor to announce that we will be performing this song on January 20th for the inauguration of the President. We still have a long way to go to fix, undo, and rebuild this country … but I hope we are on our way now despite the past four years. Celebrating America will air on January 20th at 8:30 pm on multiple platforms including ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC.