Garth Brooks, John Legend set to perform at Biden inauguration special

Garth Brooks, John Legend set to perform at Biden inauguration special

Adding to a lineup that includes John Legend and Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Tyler Hubbard and the Black Pumas are the latest to join a packed list of artists slated for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Dubbed “Celebrating America,” the Jan. 20 event marks the prime-time toast after the day’s official swearing-in ceremony, which will feature its own starry performances from Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.

Kicking off at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, the 90-minute special will be hosted by Tom Hanks and feature celebrities such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Demi Lovato performing from “iconic locations across the country,” according to an announcement from the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Biden and Harris will offer remarks alongside the performances, with Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria introducing special segments throughout the evening.

The presentation is billed as the culmination of events under Biden’s “America United” inauguration theme. In a statement, the organizers said that the selected performances (the list of which keeps growing) “represent the rich diversity and extensive talent America offers, and the American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through this crisis.”

The event can be streamed on the Presidential Inaugural Committee website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Twitch platforms and on broadcast channels, including PBS (catch it on Thirteen here), ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the inauguration festivities will rely largely on virtual presentations, which are set to arrive amid continued heightened security concerns following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Adding to the artistic line-up, there will also be “Parade Across America” (which begins streaming at 3:15 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 20) and an “extensive public art display,” titled a “Field of Flags,” installed on the National Mall to “represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington D.C.”

Top Image: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) erects the inaugural platform. Photo: Architect of the Capitol.