Biden will be inaugurated at noon ET on Jan. 20, becoming the 46th president of the United States. Most of the events surrounding the swearing-in will be virtually focused, in part due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as well as fresh security concerns following a pro-Trump mob breaching the Capitol last week.
“Celebrating America,” a 90-minute live special, will air the evening of President-elect Biden’s inauguration, and will feature remarks from Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as well as tributes to COVID-19 first responders.
“This inauguration presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the resilience and spirit of an America united,” PIC CEO Tony Allen said in a statement. “We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this prime-time program.
What will look different, who will attend, and what will go virtual
Actor Tom Hanks, who became the first major celebrity to announce he contracted the novel coronavirus last March, will host the special. The already-announced performers are:
singing (and nailing) it for Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
The announced performers for the special have all previously delved into the world of politics. Timberlake crashed a Zoom meeting of Pennsylvanian phone bankers for Biden on Nov. 2 to thank them for their behind-the-scenes work. He also teamed up with Clemons for the song “Better Days,” which he said they will perform at inauguration after it was initially created for December’s Rock the Runoff virtual concert fundraiser organized by Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight.
“We have a long way to go to fix, undo, and rebuild this country… but I hope now, despite the past four years, we’re on our way,” Timberlake tweeted Wednesday.
Lovato has been an outspoken supporter of the Biden-Harris campaign and recently took a political stance in her music with her anti-Trump song “Commander-in-Chief.” Bon Jovi, who previously served on Barack Obama’s White House Council for Community Solutions, performed at several Biden campaign events this election season.
The 90-minute special will air live at 8:30 p.m. EST/PST on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC. Additionally, it will be streamed live on the PIC’s social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch; and will be available on Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and ATT DirecTV and U-verse.
“Our first priority is safety—so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans,” Allen said.
Contributing: Savannah Behrmann