Inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US president

U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch fireworks from the White House after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

The US has officially sworn in President Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the inauguration was limited in the number of spectators. But the few guests who did attend made up for President Biden’s reduced crowd. The presidential inauguration was an event. Celebrities of all backgrounds came together to celebrate the induction of President Biden and Vice President Harris. From announcers to performers, many participated in the historical event. Not to mention, the night’s events were just as inspirational. It was refreshing to see A- listers coming together in their support for the new administration.

The Inauguration

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Academy Award and Grammy winner Lady Gaga kicked off the day with her rendition of the national anthem. Her vocals were strong and passionate amid the cold winds. But as Lady Gaga performed, viewers were taken by her outfit. She donned a couture, navy, and red Schiaparelli gown. The most stunning detail was her golden dove, carrying an olive branch—symbolizing peace. Many noted its similarity to the Hunger Games book series’ Mockingjay pin, which represented resistance.

Following her performance were Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks. Jennifer Lopez shined in an all-white ensemble. She also surprised viewers by singing in Spanish and an interlude of her hit song, “Let’s Get Loud.” Meanwhile, Brooks sang “Amazing Grace” with a black western hat, a nod to his country roots.

Jennifer Lopez & her ring dazzle during Biden inauguration
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Twenty-two-year-old poet Amanda Gorman made headlines a inauguration talk after reciting her poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Gorman, who was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles at just 16, is by far the youngest to have read an inaugural poem in recent U.S. history.

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Celebrating America: Inauguration Concert

The inauguration was only an opener to the night’s celebration, “Celebrating America.” This two-hour special honored President Biden and Vice President Harris through additional songs and speeches. Both even provided new speeches of their own. Tom Hanks hosted the night’s festivities. Some of the guest appearances included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The two recited speeches from past presidents, like Lincoln’s Address. The speeches signified their relevance with today’s political climate.

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But where speeches ended, performances soon followed. The theme of the night was hope and optimism. Bon Jovi notably performed “Here Comes The Sun”, expecting brighter days ahead. He also sang on a pier, overlooking the bright sky. Some of the other artists included Bruce Springsteen, John Legend, and Demi Lovato. Springsteen and Legend both performed live in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

The lineup truly celebrated America. From Nashville to Seattle, America was celebrated coast to coast. The Foo Fighters stood out, as they paid homage to teachers. Lead singer Dave Grohl commended the frontline workers, as his own mother served as a teacher. Justin Timberlake honored his hometown of Memphis and performed in front of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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To end the night, Katy Perry performed her staple “Firework.” It’s lyrics aim to uplift, so it was only right to end the night with her performance. Of course, a firework show followed. Fireworks lit up the D.C. sky, illuminating the Washington Monument. Viewers also saw President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden dancing and embracing the moment. Other members of his family and staff visibly enjoyed themselves.

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The entire day served as a celebration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. It also continued the year-long appreciation of first responders, small businesses, and essential workers. But more importantly, it symbolized the optimism many have for the next four years. Most Americans felt emotional and happy to know we have a “new chief in town” who is ready to face problems and solve them.


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Brianna Ormond is a senior at Rutgers University as a Journalism and Media Studies major, Political Science and Africana Studies double minor. She enjoys listening to music and binging Netflix in her spare time.
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