Add the Foo Fighters and John Legend along with Eva Longoria and Bruce Springsteen and Kerry Washington to the list of celebrities at Joe Biden’s inauguration.
All five will be appearing at the primetime TV special, hosted by Tom Hanks, that will air Wednesday night after Biden’s swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol.
Longoria and Washington “will introduce segments throughout the night ranging from stories of young people making a difference in their communities to musical performances,” organizers say, while the Foo Fighters, Legend and Springsteen will perform remotely.
Organizers say the special, which will air across most of the major broadcast and cable news networks, “will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild.”
The unprecedented inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be followed by a day of ceremonies and then the TV special, in what the inaugural team is calling a “capstone” to “showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together.”
The special will include speeches by both Biden, 78, and Harris, 56, as well as celebrity performances.
Ant Clemons, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake will all perform, organizers previously announced. Clemons and Timberlake will sing their “Better Days,” which they wrote.
Timberlake said on the Today show on Wednesday that he was “incredibly excited” by the opportunity, calling it an “honor.”
“We got the phone call to be asked for that and I was like, ‘Uhh yes,’ ” he said jokingly.
Legend, Longoria, Springsteen and Washington meanwhile were also all involved in the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Wednesday’s inauguration was already going to be unlike any other, held in the shadow of a pandemic that has killed more than 350,000 people in the U.S.
Biden’s inaugural team previously said the TV special “will highlight the strength of our democracy, the perseverance of our people, and our ability to come together during trying times and emerge stronger than ever before.”
“The program will celebrate American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through this crisis, including frontline workers, health care workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers,” organizers said in a news release.