Get your popcorn ready. Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration of Joe Biden as president of the United States.
Among the announced performers are Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons.
“I was left speechless when I was asked to perform! ” Lovato wrote on Instagram. Clemons was also effusive: “To say that this is a dream come true would be an understatement!”
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Timberlake said he and Clemons would perform their new song “Better Days,” adding: “This song was our way of doing what little we could to encourage everyone to stay hopeful.”
How To Watch
The special will be broadcast live on NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 20. It will also be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW, DirectTV and U-verse.
What To Expect
According to producers, the show “will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild."
The inauguration will look different from other presidential inaugurations because of last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. Security will be extremely tight around the area.
The inauguration was already going to be scaled back because of COVID-19; Biden had asked supporters to say home and watch from afar. In keeping with crowd size restrictions to slow the spread of the virus, traditional activities like the parade and the inaugural balls will be virtual.
How To Stream
Those with a cable provider login can stream the event on the respective network's websites and apps while others with streaming services like Hulu, YouTube TV and Sling will be able to access the show through their subscriptions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.