Lady Gaga sang the US national anthem, while Jennifer Lopez performed a medley with a surprise addition
Today (January 20) Lady Gaga performed the US national anthem at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. “Singing our National Anthem for the American People is my honor,” she tweeted ahead of the ceremony. “My intention is to acknowledge our past, be healing for our present, and passionate for a future where we work together lovingly.”
The Chromatica singer performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” through a gold microphone (naturally) and wore a giant gilded dove brooch. Explaining the symbolism, she writes: “May we all make peace with each other.”
Following the performance, she also took the time to stop and compliment Michelle Obama, seemingly telling her: “You look so wonderful.”
Following the historic swearing-in of Kamala Harris – the first female, Black, and south Asian vice president – Jennifer Lopez also took to the stage to sing a medley of “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful”, with the cheeky addition of a line from her 1999 single “Let’s Get Loud”.
Lady Gaga has been a consistent supporter of Biden throughout his campaign for the presidency. In November 2020, she delivered a speech and performed “Shallow” at his final rally in Pennsylvania, and has been vocal about the importance of voting.
Following Biden’s election win, she urged Donald Trump to concede as he maintained baseless claims about election fraud. Last week, she also spoke out against systemic white supremacy as she was honoured for her art and activism at the King Center’s Beloved Community Awards.
Watch Lady Gaga and J.Lo’s performances below.