Jennifer Lopez performs patriotic medley with showbiz flourish at Biden inauguration

Carla Harmon
January 21, 2021

Like Lady Gaga, who preceded her with a rendition of the national anthem, Lopez took some liberties with her phrasing and tempo, speeding up and slowing down like a lifelong star well accustomed to being closely followed by her collaborators.

Jennifer Lopez also shared her words with the nation as she spoke two lines from the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish.

Inauguration Day was obviously huge for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, but were you aware that Jennifer Lopez made history at the ceremony, too?


Many Hollywood celebrities like pop singer Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez performed at the inauguration ceremony.

"One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all", Lopez also said in Spanish before closing out with "America the attractive". "It's unbelievable!" Rodriguez said during his Monday appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" via Yahoo.

Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks were also featured as performers during the Inauguration.


The grand, heartfelt performance set the flawless tone for Harris-the first female, first Black and first South Asian Vice President of the US -to take her oath of office. Earlier during the inauguration Former President Barack Obama was seen on-camera fist-bumping J.Lo's husband and former New York Yankee, Alex Rodriguez. The former Major League Baseball star revealed that the "responsibility" of the event - following the violent riots at the Capitol by supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump - was making Lopez nervous.

Los Angeles poet Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate and the youngest inauguration poet ever at 22 years old, closed the show with her impactful words and yellow power suit. "She wants more than anything, like all of us, to bring people together, to inspire". The singer aimed to bring a feeling of unity amid a pandemic that kept many from celebrating the moment in person, asking people watching-in person and at home-to join him for the powerful last verse. "Music and sports does that better than anything". "You're going to love it", he said.

The cultural celebrations will continue on Wednesday night with a two-hour special broadcast across six television networks and social media, hosted by the affable Toy Story actor Tom Hanks, reports Reuters.


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