UPDATED: Further performances were announced Tuesday for official inauguration programs that will take place before and after the swearing-in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, including music stars who’ll take part in a virtual prayer service on Thursday morning as well as additions to the prime-time TV special Wednesday night.
The “Celebrating America” nighttime special has added Katy Perry and country stars and duet parters Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard, as well as the Black Pumas and a set by DJ Cassidy.
Hubbard (who’s breaking off from his usual duo, Florida Georgia Line) and McGraw are expected to sing “Undivided,” a unity anthem the duet partners released just last week. The Black Pumas are likely to perform “Colors,” which is currently up for a Grammy for record of the year, among the group’s three pending nominations. DJ Cassidy’s set, part of his “Pass the Mic” all-star medley series, promises Ozuna and Luis Fonsi as guests.
The day after the inauguration ceremony, the Washington National Cathedral will host the just-announced presidential prayer service. Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle and the Clark Sisters are the performers who’ll be doing spiritual material amid an ecumenical service filled with dozens of religious leaders.
These announcements follow on the heels of Monday’s naming of Garth Brooks as the third and presumably final perfomer at the swearing-in ceremony, where he’ll join Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.
The “Celebrating America” special with Perry, McGraw, Hubbard and the Black Pumas airs from 8:30-10 p.m. ET and will be hard to escape. The Tom Hanks-hosted show will be carried live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC and PBS as well as streamed live at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and on on the inauguration committee’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch social media channels. Previously announced performers for the prime-time broadcast include Bruce Springsteen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and Jon Bon Jovi.
The prayer service with Groban, LaBelle and the Clarks will begin at 10 a.m. ET Thursday and be livestreamed at https://bideninaugural.org/watch and https://cathedral.org.
A “Parade Across America” event is also scheduled for Wednesday’s inauguration festivities, featuring Andra Day and a New Radicals reunion performance.