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On Wednesday, January 20, President-elect Joe Biden will celebrate his inauguration with a TV special called Commemorating America instead of with common in-person events due to COVID-19 safety concerns, Politico reports. The 90- minute show will highlight and honor frontline workers who remain out there throughout the raging pandemic, and the whole thing will be hosted by Tom Hanks.

However since you can’t have an inauguration event without music, Celebrating America will also include performances from Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi. On Instagram, Lovato wrote that she’s “SO honored” to join Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for the event: “I was left speechless when I was asked to carry out!”

Timberlake, meanwhile, shared how the song he’s planning to play, called “Better Days,” came together ahead of the special. Together with his partner Clemons, he penned the tune in late 2020 as a method to look ahead with optimism. “This previous year brought a great deal of frustration, sorrow, anger– and there were times when it was easy to feel powerless,” he composed. “This song was our way of doing what bit we might to motivate everyone to remain hopeful … and keep working towards a much better, more equivalent future.” He likewise shared that he taped his vocals for the tune on Election Night.

” We have a long way to go to fix, reverse, and restore this country … but I hope now, in spite of the previous 4 years, we are on our method.”

The Celebrating America special will air at 8: 30 ET/PT on January 20 on ABC, CBS, and NBC, in addition to on cable channels CNN and MSNBC.

  • Pop
  • Music
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Demi Lovato
  • Tom Hanks


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