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President-Elect Joe BidenThe inauguration is finally around the corner. On January 20, Biden and vice-president-elect arrived Kamala Harris is sworn in and takes over the reins of a country, not only in the middle of a pandemic, but also just weeks after a coup attempt(Both mean transforming a usually packed event into a smaller, highly militarized one personal affair.) Although Donald Trump tries the most distracting exit possibly all eyes will be on the historic ceremony that takes place on the western front of the US Capitol building. Here’s your guide to where to watch it and what to expect.
How to watch
The inauguration will take place Wednesday morning. An exact time has not yet been announced by Biden’s Inauguration Committee, but the ceremony usually starts between 11am and 12pm local time. All major news networks will broadcast the event on television, with networks like ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and more scheduling special programs covering all corners of the event throughout the day. Platforms such as Sling, Hulu’s live TV option, and Roku can also allow subscribed viewers to access and stream these cable networks.
There are also plenty of free ways to watch the event online, starting with a range of YouTube options. Biden’s inaugural committee will livestream the event on YouTube on the link provided here(The video is embedded below.) The committee will also live stream Facebook Twitter, and Nerve twitchingPBS NewsHour will live stream the inauguration on YouTube here. C-SPAN will live stream the event in the same way YouTube here
Who is performing?
in contrast to Trump’s inauguration, stars are lining up to perform at the Biden-Harris ceremony. This year, Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem, following in the footsteps of Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Her performance will likely take place around 11:30 am local time. And since two Super Bowl alums are better than one, Jennifer Lopez has also been bugged to give a musical performance, although it is still unclear what she will sing.
Beside, Garth Brooks, who declined an invitation to perform at Trump’s inauguration, recently announced that he will also perform at the inauguration. The country singer was taken personally by incoming first lady, Dr. Jill Biden. “I may be the only Republican in this place, but it’s about reaching out and loving each other,” Brooks said. Good morning America, adding that he is “so tired of division.”
Following the ceremony, the traditional Pennsylvania Avenue parade will be replaced by a celebration called the Virtual Parade Across America, which will be broadcast on television and via streamers. It includes performances by Andra Day, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the Washington Chorus, the Triumph Baptist Church Choir and the New Radicals, the alt-rock band that broke up in 1999. Their song ‘You Get What You Give’ has sentimental significance in Biden’s household, as it was a collective song for Biden’s late son Beau when he fought brain cancer. “If there’s one thing on earth that could possibly get the band together, even if only for a day, it’s the hope that in such a dark time our song could be even the tiniest beacon of light, frontman Gregg Alexander said in a statement, per Rolling stone.
There will be more stars in tow Celebrating America a special 90-minute broadcast on Wednesday evenings hosted by Tom Hanks and with comments from President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris. The special will include performances of the Foo Fighters, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, and Ant Clemons. The special will be broadcast live on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS at 8:30 p.m. local time, and will be streamed live by the PIC on YouTube, Twitter, Twitch and Facebook.
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