By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National writer
A-List is back. A-List How? Try Lady Gaga and Jay Lo.
Inaugural officials announced on Thursday that the gleaming pair would appear in person on January 20, with Gaga singing the national anthem, sworn in as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, on the west front of the US Capitol, And Jennifer Lopez give a musical performance.
Word comes the day after the announcement that Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebration, which will inaugurate Biden. Other artists include Justin Timberlake, John Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Kleiman.
Despite a raging epidemic that forced most inauguration events to take place online, it was a sign that Hollywood was back and eager to embrace the new presidential-election after four years with several big-name President Donald Stayed away from Trump’s inauguration, unpopular in Hollywood.
Question: How will Star Wages play across the country as Biden wants to unite a repressed nation? Eric Dagenhall, a Washington crisis management consultant and former Reagan administration official, predicted the reaction would fall “along tribal lines”.
“I think it all comes down to reinforcement of already existing beliefs,” Degenhall said. “If you’re a Biden supporter, it’s good to see Lady Gaga performing.” But, he said, “Trump supporters had changed the perception of an uber-oligarchy that had nothing to do with them and could not relate to.”
Presidential historian Tavy Troy said that the starry Gaga-J. The Low lineup was not an A-list, but a D-list – “For Democratic.”
“When Democrats win you get more standard celebrities,” the author of Troy said, “What Jefferson Reid, Ike Watched and Obama tweeted: 200 years of popular culture in the White House.”
“With Republicans you get country music stars and race-car drivers.” Referring to Lady Gaga’s vocal support for the Biden-Harris ticket, he said he was indifferent to the days when celebrities were not political.
“Call me a hopeless romantic, but I like the old days when Bob Hope or Frank Sinatra would come to these events and they weren’t overly political,” he said.
Still, he said, Biden’s unity message will not derail. “In the end, I don’t think Lady Gaga or J.Lo is all this divisive,” he said.
Attendance at the inauguration will be severely limited due to both epidemics and fears of continued violence following last week’s storm of the Capitol.
Outside of official events, each opening has a more prominent corridor, The Creative Alliance’s quadrangular ball, a benefit for arts education. This year, the ball is completely virtual.
But it is non-star, nonetheless: The event, which will have attendees serving food together in many cities, includes Jason Alexander, David Arquette, Matt Bomar, Christopher Jackson, Ted Danson, Lee Deleria, Keegan Michael Hosts will be involved. Key, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Patinkin and many more.
Robin Bronk, CEO of the non-partisan arts advocacy group, said he was somehow seduced by celebrities eager to participate. The event typically fetches anywhere from $ 500,000 to $ 2.5 million, and this year the arts community is struggling as before.
Bronk said that planning is a challenge, given not only the recent political turmoil in the country, but also the severity of the coronavirus epidemic. Given all that, did a celebration have any meaning?
“We were thinking about it when we wanted to quote the invitation,” Bronk said. “Do we celebrate?” This is the most serious time of our lives. “
But, she said, especially at a time when the arts community is suffering, it’s important to shine a spotlight and recognize that “the right to art is not a red or blue issue. One reason we have this ball is This is that we have to ensure that art is not forgotten. “
The Presidential Inauguration Committee also announced on Thursday that Mangalacharan, the former president of George Lyngon University, will be delivered by the Rev. Leo O. Donovan, and the Pledge of Allegues will be led by Andrea Hall, a firefighter. Georgia. There will be a recitation from Amanda Gorman, the first national young poet Laureate, and delivered by the Rev. Sylvester Beaman of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Willington. Delaware.
On the same stage, Biden sat behind pop star Beyoncé in 2013, when she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. James Taylor sang “America the Beautiful,” and Kelly Clarkson sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Theo”.
At Trump’s inauguration in 2017, the anthem was performed by 16-year-old singer Jackie Evano. Several top performers declined the opportunity to perform at the festivities, and one Broadway star, Jennifer Holiday, even stated that she had received death threats before exiting her planned appearance.
2017 actually had star power, but mostly it focused on the Women’s March on Washington, where attendees included Madonna, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Amy Watson, and many more.
This year, there are signs that Obama-era celebrities are returning. Degenhall said that in the end, it is logical for the organizers to walk with the greatest talent.
“Lady Gaga is as big as you can be, and she is very talented,” he said. “If I was going to be inaugurated and I could be Lady Gaga, I would take it.”
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