Lights, camera, (executive) action!
President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration committee will produce a television special as part of its pared-down Inauguration Day festivities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 90-minute program, to be aired on all three broadcast news networks as well as CNN and MSNBC beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, will feature performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, and Tom Hanks as the program’s host.
Two of the participating celebrities announced their involvement on their personal Twitter accounts. Lovato, a singer who performed at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, shared her excitement in a tweet Wednesday morning.
“I’m SO honored to announce that I will be joining @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris for their special event, ‘Celebrating America’ on January 20th at 8:30pm ET/PT,” she wrote. “I was left speechless when I was asked to perform! Tune in with various tv networks & live streaming services.”
Timberlake, a one-time member of NSYNC, teased a song that he and fellow headliner Ant Clemons co-authored, apparently taking a swipe at President Trump.
“A few months ago @AntClemons and I wrote BETTER DAYS. … I’m honored to announce we’ll be performing it for the Inauguration,” Timberlake tweeted. “We have a long way to go to fix, undo, and rebuild this country… but I hope now, despite the past four years, we’re on our way.”
Dubbed “Celebrating America,” the televised special will also “spotlight American heroes” by telling people’s stories, according to Tony Allen, the CEO of Biden’s presidential inaugural committee.
“We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this prime-time program,” Allen said.
The televised special marks the latest in a string of adaptations Biden’s transitions team has made in light of the coronavirus pandemic. A reduced slate of celebratory activities includes a brief walk to the White House in lieu of a parade and a livestream of the festivities instead of the traditional Inauguration Day crowd.