Every four years on January 20, the president of the United States gets sworn into workplace on Inauguration Day. Today, Joe Biden will end up being the 46 th president of the United States after he takes the oath of office, and Kamala Harris will make history as the very first female Vice President. The ceremony represents a peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next, and the incoming president addresses the country during his very first moments on the job. Normally, countless people would load onto the National Mall to watch the historic moment, waving American flags and bring indications. Nevertheless, this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, folks will not be able to collect like years past.

Naturally, there’s another tradition that will continue on, even in the face of pandemic protocols, and that’s the musical efficiencies that assist commemorate the occasion. Lady Gaga is slated to sing the National Anthem, while Jennifer Lopez is tabbed for “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful.” The Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen are all likewise booked to perform tunes later on in the day, as part of the primetime event called Commemorating America, hosted by Tom Hanks. That very same unique will boast efficiencies from Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons. The Celebrating America event occurs at 8: 30 p.m. and will air on numerous tv networks and stream through a variety of services and platforms.

While Inauguration Day performances might appear a bit unimportant, or like just another bit of pomp and scenario, they can in fact send a message to individuals all across the nation who tune in to the festivities. And Biden’s wedding day won’t be an exception– his administration plainly wants to use today’s musical performances to communicate something to Americans.

In a recent declaration, Tony Allen, Inaugural Committee CEO, spoke highly of this year’s entertainers, saying that they are “dedicated to the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect’s steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America joined in overcoming the deep divisions and difficulties facing our individuals, unifying the nation, and bring back the soul of our nation.”

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US singer Lady Gaga speaks prior to Democratic Governmental prospect and previous US Vice President Joe Biden speaking throughout a Drive-In Rally at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 2,2020 .
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In a recent e-mail to Newsweek, Pitchfork‘s Marc Hogan recalled that the performers at Trump’s event lined up with the 45 th president’s vision for the nation.

Like Jenkins, Hogan feels that the artists carrying out for Biden’s inauguration make sense, considering his incoming administration’s focus on bridging divides and unifying individuals.

Correction, 1/20/21, 12: 15 p.m.: This post has been corrected to reflect that Jennifer Lopez performed “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful,” not her own songs, and to clarify that Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen are carrying out as part of the Celebrating America primetime event.


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