Jennifer Lopez kicked off Joe Biden‘s presidency with a show-stopping performance, taking the stage after Vice President Kamala Harris‘s swearing-in ceremony in an all-white Chanel outfit to do renditions of “This Land Is Your Land” and “America The Beautiful,” transitioning into a few lines from “Let’s Get Loud.”
Ahead of her inauguration concert, Lopez gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at her preparation for the big day, posing with her team and servicemen on the Capitol steps on Instagram. She also showed off some of the presidential swag in her hotel room, including Biden-branded coffee, a white chocolate White House, red, white, and blue chocolate-dipped strawberries, and a fully bedazzled inauguration-themed tumbler.
This isn’t the first time the singer has lent some of her star power and support to the incumbent president. Ahead of the election, Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez participated in a virtual chat with Biden and his wife Jill Biden to discuss the importance of voting and containing the coronavirus pandemic which has disproportionately affected tAmerica’s Latino population. “For me, it’s [about] unifying the nation again, you know, getting rid of this hate,” Lopez explained of her support for the then-Democratic nominee. “Thinking about my kids walking around in a world where it’s OK to be racist or prejudiced because our administration says it’s OK—that, to me, is really sad because it’s not the country that I believe that I grew up in.”
This historic inaugural performance is just one of many Lopez has checked off her professional bucket list in the past year. The singer also took the stage on New Year’s Eve and rocked the Super Bowl Halftime Show last February alongside Shakira. Rodriguez confessed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week that hitting all of those milestones is still a shocking feat, even to them. “It’s been such a crazy year for her, so amazing, so many blessings. But to think in a span of 12 months, she’s done the Super Bowl, New Year’s [Eve] and now the inaugural, it’s unbelievable.”
But despite a multi-decade-spanning career has one of the biggest artists in the world, Rodriguez revealed, “what’s interesting is she’s most nervous about Washington, D.C. because of the responsibility.” He added that Lopez wants to use her performance to “bring people together” and “inspire,” concluding “You’re gonna be surprised, you’re gonna love it.”
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