At the star-studded opening ceremony for new US President Joe Biden, Lady Gaga belted out America’s national anthem and Jennifer Lopez performed a stirring medley, including a line in Spanish.
Country hitmaker Garth Brooks, who sang a soulful version of Amazing Grace at the Washington DC gathering, has also joined the two pop superstars.
Four years ago, when he failed to draw big-name artists to perform, the celebration was in sharp contrast to the inauguration of Donald Trump. Gaga wore a dove pin and a wide red sculpted skirt as she sang into a gold microphone, performing an emotional rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.
She listened to Mr. Biden as she left the podium and stared at former President Barack Obama. Gaga campaigned with Mr. Biden in Pennsylvania before his November election victory, and the pair worked together while he was vice president to fight sexual harassment on college campuses.
The Born This Way singer was followed at Wednesday’s ceremony by Lopez, dressed all in white, who performed a medley of This Land Is Your Land and America The Beautiful.
Before ramping up her show, the singer, known as J Lo by her fans, began slowly, throwing in a line in Spanish.
She said “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” in Spanish before belting out “Let’s get loud” and then wrapping up her performance by singing the line “This land was made for you and me”.
She then blew a kiss to the audience and turned around before walking away to say a few things to Vice President Kamala Harris.
More A-list stars are included in the Celebrating America television program presented by Tom Hanks, which takes the place of the regular official inaugural balls.
Source: Sky News