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Lady Gaga to Sing National Anthem for Biden-Harris Inauguration (EXCLUSIVE)

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Lady Gaga is ready to sing the nationwide anthem for the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 20.The Biden-Harris inaugural committee confirmed to Variety that Gaga is on board to carry out “The Star Spangled Banner” for the swearing-in ceremony, which generally begins round 11:30 a.m. ET on the West entrance of the U.S. Capitol. Also on deck for the ceremony: Jennifer Lopez will carry out; Andrea Hall, a profession firefighter, will lead within the Pledge of Allegiance; Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate (and a Los Angeles native), will recite a poem; an invocation might be delivered by Father Leo O’Donovan, and a benediction by Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, each longtime buddies of the Biden household.More from VarietyExtra artists booked for the Biden-Harris inaugural occasions haven’t but been publicly revealed. The new Democratic ticket is predicted to attract a starry lineup of trade supporters to take part and carry out for inaugural festivities. In addition to the swearing-in ceremony, a digital parade and different occasions are scheduled for stay streams on Jan. 20. There’s additionally a primetime community particular that night time hosted by Tom Hanks.A Lady Gaga nationwide anthem isn’t an untested commodity. She received reward for her rendition on the opening of Super Bowl 50 in 2016 (see video, under).Gaga has historical past with President-elect Biden, too. After the 2020 race was referred to as 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 look Gaga made in Pittsburgh on Nov. 2 at a drive-in marketing campaign rally, the place she acknowledged plainly, “Vote for Joe. He’ a good person.” Addressing males, she additionally referred to as 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.”Story continuesDays earlier than her rally look, Tim Murtaugh, Trump’s director of communications, tweeted, “Nothing exposes Biden’s disdain for the forgotten working men & women of PA like campaigning with anti-fracking activist Lady Gaga.” In response, Gaga tweeted, “HEY TIM HEY @realDonaldTrump SO HAPPY IM GLAD TO BE LIVING RENT FREE in your HEAD. #BidenHarris.”Back in October 2017, Biden and Lady Gaga teamed up for a PSA about sexual assault on behalf of Itsonus.org, with Gaga tweeting out a video message from herself and Biden, whom she described as “my buddy.” Biden additionally tweeted the message, saying on the time, “Honored to work with a woman of great courage, my friend Lady Gaga. With her leadership, and your help, we can change the culture.”The Biden-Harris inaugural occasions will mirror Hollywood’s embrace of Democrats typically and Biden specifically. The longtime Democratic senator from Delaware developed sturdy trade relationships throughout his eight years as Vice President within the Obama administration.In January 2017, “America’s Got Talent” alumnus Jackie Evancho carried out “The Star Spangled Banner” on the Trump-Pence inauguration.Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.Best of VarietyJoin Variety’s Newsletter. For the newest information, observe us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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