Performances by Bruce Springsteen, John Legend and Katy Perry in front of the Abraham Lincoln Mausoleum added splendor on Wednesday evening to a virtual concert crowning Joe Biden's inauguration. The new US president and his wife Jill admired the ending celebrations with the fireworks over the Washington Monument from the White House.
The virtual concert "Celebrating America" was the final chord of Joe Biden's inaugural program. Between the performances of the stars, recorded statements of Americans from all over the country were played. The emphasis was on those who were involved in fighting the pandemic; honored, among others teachers, postal workers and healthcare professionals.
During the concert, a short conversation between former presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton was played. They all wished the new host of the White House good luck.
The event was hosted by actor Tom Hanks in front of the Abraham Lincoln Mausoleum.
"Tonight we are reflecting on the United States, the practice of our democracy, the foundations of our republic, the integrity of our constitution, hopes and dreams for a more perfect union," he said.
The evening was graced with performances by American stars of the music scene. Bruce Springsteen and John Legend performed in front of the Abraham Lincoln Mausoleum, and finally - at the fireworks show over the Washington Monument - Katy Perry sang her hit song "Firework".
President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden admired the inaugural fireworks show from the balcony of the White House.
The virtual concert, in which some of the performances were recorded in other American cities, including Miami, Los Angeles and Nashville, was shown by major TV stations in the USA, including CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC. (PAP)