Plus: Who might perform at the Inauguration Day events?
Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. Following his defeat of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the Republican is set to replace Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. What can we expect from the proceedings and how will the pop culture world respond?
Presidential inaugurations are a daylong ceremony. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the District of Columbia, though spots at the official events are, of course, limited. Traditionally, the day begins with a morning worship service. After that, the new vice president takes the oath of office, followed by the president. After they’re sworn in, Trump will give his inaugural address speech. Once evening falls, the presidential family will attend several formal events around town, including the Inaugural Ball.
Along the way, there are opportunities for numerous musical performances. The national anthem is most notably built into the procession, though there are opportunities for others. At Barack Obama’s re-election inauguration in 2013, Beyoncé sang the anthem, while musicians like Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor added other performances. Even more notables performed at the balls that evening: Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Brad Paisley and others. But what will that docket look like this January for Trump?