It was announced today that Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem for the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 20.
Also on board: Jennifer Lopez, who will perform; Andrea Hall, a career firefighter, will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance; Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate will recite a poem; an invocation will be delivered by Father Leo O’Donovan, and a benediction by Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, both longtime friends of the Biden family.
Gaga is an old hand at performing the Star Spangled Baner. Here she is at the Super Bowl a few years ago.
Gaga has history with President-elect Biden, too. After the 2020 race was called for him, she tweeted, “Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the American people, you just gave the world one of the greatest acts of kindness and bravery humanity has ever seen… Nothing but love for our new Commander in Chief and the 1ST female VP elected to the White House. Also, way to go PA.”
The reference to the Keystone state was a nod to the election-eve appearance Gaga made in Pittsburgh on Nov. 2 at a drive-in campaign rally, where she stated plainly, “Vote for Joe. He’ a good person.” Addressing men, she also called his Republican incumbent opponent Donald Trump “a man who believes his fame gives him the right to grab one of your daughters or sisters or mothers or wives by any part of their bodies.”
For Trump‘s inauguration, you might recall, he was able to snag 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, Big & Rich, Jackie Evancho, and a few members of the Rockettes.
When Obama was sworn in in 2009, entertainment was provided by Aretha Franklin (wearing that iconic hat), Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, the United States Marine Band and both the San Francisco Boys Chorus and Girls Choruses. During his second public inauguration, he brought out Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.