On Wednesday, the 90-minute special will celebrate the new administration, as well as showcase the American people's resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation. Among those stars participating in the special are Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington, who will introduce segments throughout the night.
In addition to speeches from the newly-minted president and vice president, the special will feature a duet by Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard (via People), as well as performances by Katy Perry, John Legend, Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi and Ant Clemons.
Perry teased her performance by posting a photo of some eye-catching microphones.
During an appearance on the Today show, Timberlake expressed excitement for his upcoming performance.
"I got the phone call to be asked [to perform at the inauguration], and I was just like, 'Uh, yes!'" Timberlake recalled. "I’m very excited. There’s a song that I wrote with a new artist who was just nominated for a GRAMMY, Ant Clemons, and we wrote a song called 'Better Days.' We’re going to be performing it at the inauguration. So incredibly excited. What an honor."
He also posted about his upcoming gig on Instagram.
"A few months ago, during lockdown, @antclemons and I wrote a song together called BETTER DAYS. (I actually recorded my final vocals for this song on election night...)," Timberlake wrote alongside a compilation video of himself and Clemons making the song. "This past year brought a lot of frustration, grief, anger -- and there were times when it was easy to feel powerless. This song was our way of doing what little we could to encourage everyone to stay hopeful... and keep working towards a better, more equal future." ⠀ ⠀
"I’m very honored to announce we will be performing this song on January 20th for the Presidential Inauguration," he continued. "We have a long way to go to fix, undo, and rebuild this country... but I hope now, despite the past four years, we are on our way."
Lovato celebrated the news on Instagram as well, writing, "I’m SO honored to announce that I will be joining @joebiden & @kamalaharris for their special event, 'Celebrating America' on January 20th at 8:30pm."
"I was left speechless when I was asked to perform!" she added. "Tune in with various tv networks & live streaming services 🇺🇸 @bideninaugural #Inauguration2021"
In addition to the sure-to-be incredible performances, the special will celebrate American heroes who are helping their fellow Americans through COVID-19, including frontline workers, health care workers, teachers, citizens giving back, and those who are breaking barriers.
Celebrating America will air live Jan. 20 on CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and CNN at 8:30 PM ET/PT. It will also stream live on the Presidential Inaugural Committee's social media channels, as well as on Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse.
Also on Inauguration Day, Lady Gaga will perform "The Star Spangled Banner" at the swearing-in ceremony, which is set to begin around 11:30 a.m. ET at the Capitol. Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks will also give special performances.