When Joe Biden is sworn into office on Wednesday, January 20, his inauguration is set to be like no other that’s come before.
Not only will there be more members of the National Guard in Washington than in Iraq as armed protests are planned across all 50 states, but Trump will jet off to Florida instead of attending, making him the first living president to skip his successor’s inauguration in over 150 years.
On top of all of that, there’s still coronavirus to contend with. Only around 3000 tickets were allotted this year, instead of the 200,000 that normally go out, inviting people to the Capitol to witness history.
Scaled back in size it may be, but it’ll still be a celebration nevertheless – with celebrity performances planned and a TV special streaming.
Who is performing for Joe Biden, and how can you watch the inauguration in the UK?
Who is performing at Biden’s inauguration?
The stars are coming out for Biden and Harris – both Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will be performing on Wednesday.
It’s been confirmed that Lady Gaga will be singing the National Anthem.
Gaga was a vocal supporter of Biden during the election campaign.
It has not yet been confirmed what J-lo will perform.
Across the National Mall, an art display composed of 191,500 U.S. flags and 56 pillars of light will be installed, representing those who could not attend the inauguration in person.
Exiting Vice President Mike Pence will attend the ceremony, as will former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama – joined by their respective first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.
Former president Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter cannot attend due to health-related travel restrictions.
There’ll also be plenty more stars on hand to virtually celebrate the new president in Celebrating America, a live broadcast being aired across several networks to replace the traditional celebrations that cannot go ahead due to coronavirus.
Tom Hanks will host the special, and it’s reported that there’ll be appearances from Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and more.
How to watch the inauguration
In the UK, news channels including BBC and Sky will start airing live coverage of the ceremony from the Capitol grounds from around 4pm.
The ceremony will start around 11:30am ET (4:30pm GMT).
The Tom Hanks hosted TV special will air later on, in lieu of the traditional glitzy inaugural ball.
In the UK, the special will air around 8:30pm in the US, so 1:30am in the UK.
Celebrating America will be available to watch on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC, as well as streamed live on the Presidential Inauguration Committee’s Facebook, YouTube and Twitch channels, and Amazon Prime.
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