Inauguration Day 2021: Lady Gaga Performs National Anthem

by Madison Miller

Lady Gaga, an 11-time Grammy Award-winning artist, performed the National Anthem ahead of the swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden.

Gaga has actively been supporting the Biden-Harris campaign this entire election cycle. She uses her platform to actively talk about politics, human rights, and sexual assault.

Lady Gaga Performs National Anthem

Prior to singing the National Anthem, she went to Twitter to share her excitement for the honor of performing on Inauguration Day.

“Singing our National Anthem for the American People is my honor. I will sing during a ceremony, a transition, a moment of change—between POTUS 45 and 46. For me, this has great meaning … My intention is to acknowledge our past, be healing for our present, and passionate for a future where we work together lovingly. I will sing to the hearts of all people who live on this land. Respectfully and kindly, Lady Gaga,” she wrote.

The award-winning artist took the stage with a golden eagle broach attached to her shirt. She had a brief conversation with both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris before starting to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

She was accompanied by the U.S. Marine Band. Gaga also greeted both Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as she made her way off the podium to sit down on the stage.

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Additionally, Jennifer Lopez sang a mashup of “This Land is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful” after Kamala Harris was sworn in as the vice-president.

Garth Brooks also sang “Amazing Grace” following Joe Biden being sworn in as the president. He asked that the crowd sing the last verse with him “not just the people here, the people at home, at work, as one, united.” He shook hands with Biden, Harris, and Pence after performing.

The performers were in front of a small group of masked politicians and family. The event was at the heavily-guarded National Mall. Vice President Pence and former presidents Obama, Clinton, and Bush were all in the crowd watching Biden and Harris on their inauguration.

Later tonight, “Celebrating America” will air at 8:30 p.m. This special will be hosted by Tom Hanks and feature Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, and Ant Clemons.

Lady Gaga and Joe Biden Relationship

Lady Gaga and President Joe Biden have over a year of connection. She campaigned with Biden in Pennsylvania, which was a battleground state.

She also performed at the last campaign rally.

While she was a big part of his campaign as president, they also go back to when he was vice-president for Former-President Barack Obama.

The two worked together on the White House’s campaign geared toward fighting sexual assault on college campuses.

Biden introduced her at the Academy Awards in 2016, where she performed her song “Til It Happens to You,” which was made for a documentary, “The Hunting Ground,” regarding sexual assault. She also wrote it about her own experience. She was raped at 19 and has actively talked about her difficult journey as a survivor in the hope it will help other people.

Then, in 2017, they filmed a public service announcement about the same issue.

H/T: Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times