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Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez to headline Biden-Harris inauguration

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga arrive at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

WASHINGTON D.C. (KYMA/KECY) - Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will headline President-elect Joe Biden's and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' swearing-in ceremony, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Thursday.

Gaga, who has a history of activism alongside Biden and campaigned for him during the general election, will perform the national anthem. There will be a musical performance by Lopez, who has used her voice during the coronavirus pandemic to speak out against its disproportionate toll on minority communities.

Other participants include Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate who will deliver the poetry reading, and Andrea Hall, the president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 3920 in Fulton County, Georgia, who will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Hall is also the first Black woman in the department's history to be promoted to the rank of Fire Captain, per the inauguration committee. IAFF was the first union to back Biden in the primary when he first launched his campaign.

Father Leo J. O'Donovan, a long-time friend of the Bidens and a former Georgetown University president, will deliver the invocation. Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman, Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, will give the benediction.

A Presidential Inaugural Committee official says it is producing a celebrity-filled prime-time special for the night of the largely virtual inauguration in lieu of the traditional celebrations.

The special will be hosted by Tom Hanks and is set to air live on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET on January 20.

It will also feature performances from Jon Bon Jovi, who campaigned with Biden in Pennsylvania, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, and Ant Clemons.

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Christian Galeno

Christian Galeno joined KYMA/KSWT in July of 2019 as a Weekend Anchor and multimedia journalist.

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