Katy Perry gave an explosive performance of her smash hit song “Firework” during Celebrating America on Wednesday (Jan. 20).
The vocal powerhouse performed the popular track at the Lincoln Memorial beneath a jaw-dropping fireworks display, that was unlike anything we’ve ever seen. The soaring performance was looked upon by President Joe Biden with first lady Dr. Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with second gentleman Doug Emhoff standing on balconies overlooking the grand-finale display.
Watch her full performance of “Firework” below.
“Firework” appears on Perry’s 2010 album, Teenage Dream.
Performing from “iconic locations across the country,” Celebrating America also featured performances by Black Pumas, Tim McGraw, Tyler Hubbard, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Ant Clemons, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Demi Lovato, 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.