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Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks are performing for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, amid a week of events packed with celebrity power but void of crowds.

While the coronavirus pandemic forced changes to the traditional proceedings, the president-elect's chosen theme of "American United" summarizes a campaign run on celebrating differences but coming together over a common good. 

The theme "reflects the Biden-Harris commitment to healing the nation and bringing Americans together," according to the inaugural committee. It also reflects the dueling crises the incoming Biden administration is facing, with a global pandemic that has killed nearly 400,000 Americans and the civil unrest that culminated in the riot at the U.S. Capitol in early January.

However, the incoming administration will be as historic as the era they are living in — at 78, Mr. Biden will be the oldest person sworn in as president and the second Catholic to hold the office. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the first woman, first Black person and first person of Indian descent to be elected to her role. Her husband, Doug Emhoff, will be the first-ever "Second Gentleman."

Inauguration Ceremony

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Members of the United States Marine Corps march during rehearsal for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

Beginning at 9:45 a.m. ET, "The President's own" Marine Corps Band will perform throughout the ceremony. The Marine Band is America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization, having been founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress.

The band has played nearly every inauguration since Thomas Jefferson's

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Lady Gaga performs prior to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaking during a Drive-In Rally at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on November 2, 2020. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga will precede the official swearing-ins with a rendition of the National Anthem at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

Lady Gaga had campaigned for Mr. Biden during the general election and previously worked with the then-Vice President on the "It's On Us" campaign, an Obama administration initiative to address sexual assault on college campuses. The 11-time Grammy winner also founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2011, a nonprofit that supports the wellness of young people.

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Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez will also be performing at the ceremony just before Mr. Biden is sworn in, shortly before 12 p.m. ET. The singer and actress spent months speaking out about the COVID-19 pandemic's disproportionate impact on the Latino community.

Winning acclaim as an actress, singer, dancer, producer and businesswoman, Lopez is widely seen as the most influential Latin entertainer in the U.S.

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Garth Brooks performs onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Country star Garth Brooks announced Monday that he would also perform, after what he called "a very sweet ask" from incoming first lady Dr. Jill Biden.

Brooks said in the announcement that he has performed for every president since Jimmy Carter, with the exception of Ronald Reagan and President Trump. He was asked to perform at Mr. Trump's 2016 inauguration, but was not able to appear due to concert commitments.

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Amanda Gorman attends the Black Girls Rock! Awards at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Aug. 26, 2018, in Newark, N.J.  Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Mr. Biden's inaugural address will be followed by a poem from the country's first-elect youth poet laureate, 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, who will be the youngest poet to read at an Inauguration Day ceremony.

Inaugural officials say Gorman was chosen by Dr. Jill Biden. Gorman previously told CNN that her poem was originally titled "The Hill We Climb," and she was about halfway through writing it when she saw the assault on the Capitol. Gorman said she finished it that night.

Inauguration Day Parade

The traditional Inauguration Day parade will be shortened to a 15-minute long walk beginning at 3:15 p.m., followed by a "virtual parade event" expected to last just over an hour.

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Jon Stewart on Nov. 7, 2014 in New York.  Victoria Will/Invision/AP

Hosted by actor Tony Goldwyn (known for playing fictional President Fitzgerald Grant III in the ABC series "Scandal"), the parade will include Jon Stewart, Andra Day, Olympic athletes as well as bands New Radicals and Earth, Wind & Fire. 

"Celebrating America" event

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Tom Hanks arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, 2017. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Later in the evening, the new president and vice president will address Americans watching at home rather than hosting a traditional Inaugural Ball, due to COVID-19 precautions.

The 90-minute program, hosted by Tom Hanks, is titled "Celebrating America" and is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, carried on networks including CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC and streaming services like Hulu, YouTube TV and Sling.

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Singer Bruce Springsteen performs at a benefit concert celebrating Pete Seeger's 90th birthday at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, May 3, 2009 in New York. Evan Agostini / AP
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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the  Hollywood Palladium on Aug. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

The event will feature more celebrity appearances, with performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, the Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen and John Legend. 

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John Legend performs at the 47th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Feb. 5, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif.  Phil McCarten/Invision/AP

In a break from tradition, Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend any inaugural events. Keeping with tradition, the ceremony at the Capitol will be attended by former Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush along with their wives. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who are 96 and 93 years old, will be sitting it out.

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