US inaugural gala segment to pay tribute to Sandra Lindsay
A segment during the televised inaugural gala, ‘Celebrating America’, will pay tribute to Jamaica-born Nurse Sandra Lindsay, the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial, as well as a UPS driver and a kindergarten teacher.
The broadcast, which is in lieu of traditional inaugural balls, will be televised Wednesday night after Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president.
The president-elect’s inaugural committee announced the line-up on Sunday for the multi-network broadcast that the committee bills as a mix of stars and everyday citizens.
Actor-playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen highlight the prime-time virtual celebration.
Miranda, who wrote and starred in Broadway’s Hamilton, will appear for a classical recitation. Musicians John Legend, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake, among others, will join Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Actresses Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria will act as hostesses, with former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also scheduled to appear.
Biden plans still to be sworn in on the Capitol’s West Front, but with a scaled-down ceremony because of the coronavirus and tight security after the January 6 violent insurrection on the Capitol as Congress convened to certify his victory.