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Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at diverse Joe Biden inauguration

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem while J Lo will give a musical the Jan 20 event for the incoming 46th US president.

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to perform at diverse Joe Biden inauguration

FILE PHOTO: Lady Gaga makes a heart gesture as she performs during a drive-in campaign rally held by Democratic US presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., Nov 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will take the stage at US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in Washington next week alongside others in what his transition team said would showcase a diverse America.

The two will perform at the Jan 20 event for the incoming 46th US president, which will also feature remarks from a black firefighter from Georgia, a former Youth Poet Laureate, a Catholic priest, and a pastor from Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

FILE PHOTO: Jennifer Lopez performs in Times Square on New Years Eve in New York City, U.S., December 31, 2020. Gary Hershorn/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Lopez will give a musical performance.

"They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation," his team said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 14).

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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.

The public will not be on hand to watch the swearing-in at the West Front of the Capitol building, now fortified by fencing, barriers and thousands of National Guard Troops.

In announcing the inauguration speakers, Biden's transition team cited Lady Gaga's advocacy of LGBTQ rights and health issues, and Lopez's work raising 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 Episcopal Church – both close to the Biden family – will also speak.

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr