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Lady Gaga to sing US national anthem at Biden inauguration

Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter
·2-min read

Lady Gaga will sing the US national anthem at the inauguration of president-elect Joe Biden next week.

The 34-year-old will perform The Star-Spangled Banner at the swearing-in on January 20 as Mr Biden succeeds Donald Trump and Kamala Harris becomes vice-president.

Jennifer Lopez will also deliver a musical performance during the ceremony, while the pledge of allegiance will be led by firefighter Andrea Hall.

The US’s first National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will also recite a poem, while Father Leo O’Donovan will deliver an invocation and Reverend Dr Silvester Beaman will lead a benediction.

Mr Biden’s Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the line-up for the ceremony on Twitter.

Gaga was among those celebrities, including John Legend and Jon Bon Jovi, who campaigned for Mr Biden and Ms Harris ahead of November’s election.

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Jennifer Lopez (Ian West/PA)

The singer, real name Stefani Germanotta, addressed supporters at a Biden rally held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the eve of the vote.

Gaga also worked with the then-vice president on his It’s On Us campaign to combat campus sexual assault.

She tweeted: “I am deeply honored to be joining @BidenInaugural on January 20 to sing the National Anthem and celebrate the historic inauguration of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris!”

The ceremony itself is expected to look different from other presidential inaugurations due to Covid-19 restrictions and increased security following the clashes at the US Capitol earlier this month.

Tom Hanks will also host a TV special marking the inauguration that will broadcast live on US TV networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC.

Performers include Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons.