WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are set to speak Wednesday evening at a special inauguration event in lieu of traditional inaugural balls.
Actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are among the stars who will highlight the prime-time virtual celebration televised Wednesday night after Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president.
Biden’s inaugural committee announced the lineup Sunday for “Celebrating America,” a multi-network broadcast that the committee bills as a mix of stars and everyday citizens.
Watch the president’s remarks from the event below:
Watch the vice president’s remarks from the event below:
Miranda, who wrote and starred in Broadway’s “Hamilton,” will appear for a classical recitation. Musicians John Legend, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake, among others, will join Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Actresses Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria will act as hostesses, with former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also scheduled to appear.
The segments will include tributes to a UPS driver, a kindergarten teacher and Sandra Lindsey, the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial. She’s a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens.
The broadcast is in place of traditional inaugural balls. Biden was sworn in on the Capitol’s West Front, but with a scaled-down ceremony because of the coronavirus and tight security after the Jan. 6 violent insurrection on the Capitol as Congress convened to certify his victory.