Gaga, Tom Hanks bring star power to emotional Biden inauguration
An emotional Lady Gaga performed a dramatic rendition of the American national anthem, Garth Brooks sang an a cappella and Tom Hanks gave a star-studded night celebration to host President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
On a day marked by diversity and a call for unity, Gaga dressed in a large fuchsia Schiaparelli couture silk dress and black top with a large gold brooch of a pigeon carrying an olive branch while performing The Star-Spangled Banner sings during Biden’s swearing ceremony. .
Gaga at one point points to the American flag flying high over the Capitol, the seat of Congress that was attacked just two weeks ago by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump who want to overthrow Biden’s election victory.
“She killed it. I AM GAGA FOR GAGA! “Wrote actor Ed Helms in a tweet.
Prior to her performance, Gaga said on Twitter that she wanted to “acknowledge our past, heal our present and be passionate about a future where we work together lovingly.”
Country singer Brooks, a Republican, chose jeans and a black shirt and took off his black Stetson hat to sing an unaccompanied version of Amazing Grace, and asked Americans during the ceremony to watch the last verse with him at home to sing.
Then, before replacing his coronavirus mask, Brooks Biden, former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, outgoing Vice President Mike Pence, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embraced or shook hands.
Jennifer Lopez, dressed in white trousers and a long matching coat, performed a medley of This Land is Your Land and America The Beautiful, and in Spanish interjected the part of the American promise of fidelity that says: ‘ One people under God, indivisible with freedom and justice for all. ”
At just 22 years old, the poet Amanda Gorman captured the mixed emotions of the past four years with a poem in which she refers to herself as a “skinny black girl, descended from slaves and raised by a single parent (who) can dream to become president just to say herself for one. ‘
The cultural celebrations continued Wednesday night with a broadcast on television and social media, presented by Forrest Gump actor Hanks, known as ‘America’s Dad’.
The events, which brought together the biggest white, black and Spanish celebrities, marked a stark contrast to Trump’s inauguration in 2017, which had little star power.
Wednesday’s TV special, called ‘Celebrating America’, opens with Bruce Springsteen, who stands alone with an acoustic guitar on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and sings Land of Hope and Dreams.
While Hanks stood nearby, he acknowledged in recent years’ deep divisions and a disturbing lack ‘, but he said’ we are thinking tonight of the United States of America … and the hopes and dreams we have everyone shares for a more perfect union. ‘
Other artists included John Legend, Demi Lovato and country singers Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard, who teamed up for a song about unity called Undivided.
Delivery managers, health workers and others also told stories of perseverance during the coronavirus pandemic. Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl, the son of a public teacher, dedicated a song to ‘all our steadfast teachers’.
The show concludes with Katy Perry, in a white gown with blue and red finishes, singing her hit Firework. Biden and his wife, Jill, watched from the White House as fireworks lit up the sky around the capital’s monuments.