Tom Hanks heads TV special celebrating Biden's inauguration

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2021

Screen icon Tom Hanks has landed his next gig: the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

"Can't Stop the Feeling" hitmaker Timberlake and newly minted Grammy nominee Clemons are set to perform their motivational December collaboration, "Better Days".

Joe Biden has cast himself as a unifier for the nation, but there is someone else the incoming administration hopes can help start healing a divided United States next week: universally beloved actor Tom Hanks.

President-elect Biden's inauguration is expected to be vastly different to previous inaugurations due to the pandemic, but the traditional swearing-in will still take place at 12 noon on January 20th (5pm Irish time).


The 90-minute show entitled "Celebrating America" will feature musical performances from Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Demi Lovato.

"To say that this is a dream come true would be an understatement", Clemons wrote Wednesday on Instagram.

'I actually recorded my final vocals for this song on election night.,' he revealed alongside a montage of footage from the recording studio.

The Biden-Harris Inauguration Committee announced earlier this week that the theme of the inauguration will be "America United".


The special will be broadcast live on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on January 20.

ABC, NBC and CBS will carry the special on network television while MSNBC and CNN will air it for cable viewers. The show will also be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DirectTV and U-verse.

"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", inaugural committee CEO Tony Allen said in a statement.


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