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Hanks to host inauguration special, with Bon Jovi, Timberlake and Lovato performing

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 13:40:48-05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will conclude with a star-studded primetime special.

The “Celebrating America” program will be carried live by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and online from 8:30 to 10 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

The show will be hosted by actor Tom Hanks and will include performances by singers Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi. It will also feature remarks from Biden and Harris.

Timberlake said on Twitter that he'd be performing a new song called "Better Days" with Clemons.

Lovato also tweeted, saying she's honored to perform.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) said in a statement Wednesday that the goal of the program will be to celebrate the beginning of a new journey toward an America united.

“The program will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild,” according to PIC.

Through different segments and performances, PIC says the program will highlight the strength of our democracy, the perseverance of our people, and our ability to come together during trying times and emerge stronger than ever before.

“This inauguration presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the resilience and spirit of an America United,” said PIC CEO Tony Allen. “We have witnessed countless heroes this past year step up to the frontlines and serve their fellow Americans, so we are telling their stories, spreading their collective light, and celebrating the best of our country and its people with this prime-time program.”

Fewer people will be attending this inauguration than those in the past due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and threats of violence following the assault of the U.S. Capitol last week. So, PIC is encouraging Americans to participate at home.

“Our first priority is safety — so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans,” said Allen.

Along with this special, the inaugural committee has set up other events, like a national day of service called “United We Serve” on Jan. 18, as well as a nationwide COVID-19 memorial service on Jan. 19.