On Wednesday, January 20, President-elect Joe Biden will rejoice his inauguration with a TV particular referred to as Celebrating America as a substitute of with typical in-person ceremonies as a result of COVID-19 security issues, Politico reports. The 90-minute present will spotlight and honor frontline employees who stay on the market in the course of the raging pandemic, and the entire thing might be hosted by Tom Hanks.
However as a result of you may’t have an inauguration ceremony with out music, Celebrating America may even characteristic performances from Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi. On Instagram, Lovato wrote that she’s “SO honored” to affix Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for the occasion: “I used to be left speechless after I was requested to carry out!”
Timberlake, in the meantime, shared how the track he is planning to play, referred to as “Higher Days,” got here collectively forward of the particular. Collectively along with his collaborator Clemons, he penned the tune in late 2020 as a strategy to look forward with optimism. “This previous 12 months introduced loads of frustration, grief, anger — and there have been instances when it was straightforward to really feel powerless,” he wrote. “This track was our means of doing what little we might to encourage everybody to remain hopeful… and hold working in direction of a greater, extra equal future.” He additionally shared that he recorded his vocals for the tune on Election Evening.
“We’ve got a protracted strategy to go to repair, undo, and rebuild this nation… however I hope now, regardless of the previous 4 years, we’re on our means.”
The Celebrating America particular will air at 8:30 ET/PT on January 20 on ABC, CBS, and NBC, in addition to on cable channels CNN and MSNBC.