After the swearing in of each President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20, the brand new administration started working. Biden instantly signed over a dozen executive orders, reversing a number of the earlier administration’s, and carried out a masks mandate for federal staff, recommitted america to the Paris local weather settlement, paused scholar mortgage repayments till September 30, and extra. However although he was already arrange behind the Resolute desk within the Oval Workplace, the inauguration celebration was removed from over.
On Wednesday night time, Tom Hanks hosted a star-studded, post-parade nighttime particular referred to as Celebrating America, a victory lap for the brand new administration that doubled as a tribute to America’s frontline staff. As a part of the festivities, artists like Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, the Foo Fighters, and extra sang out songs of perseverance and hope. And none have been extra rapturous than Demi Lovato and Katy Perry.
Lovato’s twilit efficiency in entrance of a (digital) purple sky honed in on dancing, as she introduced her funky tackle Invoice Withers’s “Beautiful Day” to life. Rocking a beige swimsuit with a brand new shorter haircut, Lovato anchored the disco-tinged track to sparkly life with slightly assist from videoed-in performances from well being care staff, a few of whom performed guitar and piano together with the monitor. The Biden household obtained in on the motion, too, watching the efficiency from contained in the White Home.
“It was an absolute HONOR to carry out tonight for our @POTUS, @VP, & the whole thing of our United States of America ❤️??,” Lovato tweeted. “It is a night time I’ll NEVER overlook. Thanks to everybody who joined me to sing ‘Beautiful Day’ by the late Invoice Withers. Such an inspiring night time.”
Earlier than the night time concluded — and earlier than Hanks grew to become in icicle internet hosting the telecast outdoors within the chilly Washington, D.C. night air — everybody knew there could be fireworks. And what higher option to ring them in than with a track that is the aural equal of a firework: Katy Perry’s “Firework.”
In a grand, let’s-return-to-normalcy gesture, the sky above the Nationwide Mall and the Washington monument lit up in a cavalcade of colour, all as Perry belted out her signature 2010 pop-EDM anthem — and all because the President and First Woman watched and applauded from their balcony.
Relive all of the glory within the movies above.