Demi Lovato gave a soaring performance of the late Bill Withers’ track “Lovely Day” during the primetime special dubbed Celebrating America on Wednesday (Jan. 20).
The superstar donned a pants suit in-front of some beautiful visuals with some help from some virtual backup singers (including some celebrities) from around the world.
Following the swearing-in ceremony of Joe Biden, the 46th President of the United States, Lovato shared a message on Twitter saying, “It is our time to unite, heal, and get to work.”
Performing from “iconic locations across the country,” Celebrating America also featured performances by Black Pumas, Tim McGraw, Tyler Hubbard, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Ant Clemons, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bruce Springsteen and more.
Additionally, the program featured remarks from President Biden and Vice President Harris and “showcased the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild.”
The televised special also featured special guest appearances from Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chef José Andrés, Dolores Huerta and Kim Ng.
Hosted by Tom Hanks, the primetime inaugural celebration special aired on Wednesday, January 20 (live 8:30–10:00 PM ET/PT) on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, PBS, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. The PIC’s streaming partners, including Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T U-verse (Channel 212/1212 in SD/HD) and DIRECTV (Channel 201).
Prior to the primetime special (Jan. 20), Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez performed during Biden/Harris’ swearing-in ceremony earlier in the day.