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Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are headed to the inauguration.
President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee announced Thursday that Gaga will perform the national anthem at his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20, and Lopez is scheduled for a musical performance as well.
Gaga previously backed Biden during the 2020 presidential election and performed at a campaign rally for the Democratic candidate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The two previously teamed up as part of a campaign against sexual assault, Variety notes. In a 2017 PSA, Biden described Gaga as "a great friend" and a "fierce advocate." Lopez, alongside Alex Rodriguez, also endorsed Biden in 2020.
Additionally, the committee said Thursday the inauguration will feature an invocation from former Georgetown University president Father Leo J. O'Donovan and a poetry reading from National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, while firefighter Andrea Hall will lead the pledge of allegiance and Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman will deliver a benediction, according to ABC News.
Biden's inauguration has been scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and officials have urged Americans to stay home to watch it amid rising coronavirus cases and security concerns after last week's attack on the Capitol building. Following Biden's swearing-in during the day, a primetime inauguration TV special hosted by Tom Hanks is also planned for the evening.