By Adesoba Toluwalope
Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga will take the stage at US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in Washington alongside others in less than a week.
The 46th US President inauguration ceremony will come up on January 20, 2021 and the two american artists have been chosen to perform.
This will also feature remarks from a former Youth Poet Laureate, a Catholic priest, a black firefighter from Georgia and a pastor from Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance and Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem.
“They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation,” his team said in a statement on Thursday.
The presenters reflect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ “steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” it added.
Their roles come as the Democrat takes over the White House from Republican Donald Trump in a scaled-down event amid the COVID-19 pandemic and growing security concerns after a mob of Trump supporters attacked the US Capitol seeking to thwart lawmakers’ certification of Biden’s victory.
Lady Gaga’s advocacy of LGBTQ rights and health issues was sited by Biden’s transition team while Lopez was picked because of her awareness about the disproportionate impact of the novel coronavirus on Latinos.
Other speakers include career firefighter Andrea Hall of Fulton County, Georgia, and Los Angeles native 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman; former Georgetown University President, Father Leo O’Donovan, and Reverend Dr Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist.