Lady Gaga delivers emotional National Anthem during inauguration
WASHINGTON – A full-throated, supremely confident Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem Wednesday in a very Gaga way — with flamboyance, fashion and passion. As he left the podium, he shook hands with Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence, donned his cowboy hat and hugged former President Barack Obama. The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. The celebrity component only increased over time, and one of the starriest inaugurations was that of John F. Kennedy in 1961. That celebration, hosted by Frank Sinatra, drew Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Laurence Olivier, Sidney Poitier and other celebrities.
Hollywood on the Potomac: A-list turns out for Biden-Harris
Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. And country star Garth Brooks, doffing his black cowboy hat, sang a soulful a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace,” his eyes closed for much of the song. While stars mostly eschewed Trump's inauguration four years ago, the A-list was back for Biden. Brooks was careful to call his decision to perform on Wednesday non-political, and in the spirit of unity. Alone with his guitar, The Boss sang his “Land of Hope and Dreams” in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
From Gaga to Garth, Miranda to Moreno: Celebs join inaugural
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual. But for actor Christopher Jackson — the original George Washington in Broadway's “Hamilton" — performing in a virtual “ball” is a way of participating in an essential rite of American democracy. Miranda will contribute a classical recitation, joining musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi. The inaugural committee has made sure to blend this high-powered list with ordinary Americans and inspiring stories. And the “AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers” celebrated the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities with planned participants including actors Kal Penn, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani and Chloe Bennet.
Michelle Obama, LeBron James team to help boost early voting
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks at the University of Akron as NBA star LeBron James listens in rear, in Akron, Ohio. A voter initiative led by Michelle Obama is partnering with a similar group founded by NBA star LeBron James and other prominent Black athletes and entertainers to generate excitement about voting early for the Nov. 3 election. Making your plan to vote early is critical,” Mrs. Obama said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press. “It’s now up to us to do everything in our power to get our friends and family ready to vote early and safely together. ___AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/.
Column: City’s tallest office building in 30 years opens along Chicago River, mixing drama and banality
Another plus comes at the tower’s north end, where a small, unfinished outdoor plaza will provide seating for the public and dedicated seating for customers of a restaurant from noted chef Jose Andres and the Gibsons Restaurant Group. The plaza offers fine views of the handsome Boeing headquarters across the river. The value of such open spaces, which serve as clearings in the urban forest, cannot be overstated.chicagotribune.com
World Series fans greet Trump with boos, chants
Trump appeared on a display screen at the Washington Nationals Park stadium between innings of the Game 5 match-up between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. The hometown crowd cheered fans and soldiers displayed earlier on the screen, but there were boos and isolated Lock him up chants when Trump appeared. Trump won just 4 percent of the vote in the District of Columbia in the 2016 presidential election. The U.S. capital is hosting its first World Series since 1933. Andres also canceled plans to run a restaurant in Trumps Washington hotel because of Trumps disparaging comments about Mexicans, which led to a legal settlement.feeds.reuters.com
World Series fans greet Trump vision with boos, chants
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was greeted with boos and a smattering of chants of Lock him up! when he appeared on screen at the World Series in Washington on Sunday, even as he celebrated one of the biggest wins of his administration. Trump appeared on a display screen at the Washington Nationals Park stadium between innings of the Game 5 match-up between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. The hometown crowd cheered fans and soldiers displayed earlier on the screen, but there were boos and isolated Lock him up champs when Trump appeared, according to a Reuters reporter in attendance and videos posted on Twitter. The U.S. capital is hosting its first World Series since 1933. Andres also canceled plans to run a restaurant in Trumps Washington hotel because of Trumps disparaging comments about Mexicans, which led to a legal settlement.feeds.reuters.com