President Joe Biden’s inauguration concert called “Celebrating America” kicked off Wednesday night with Bruce Springsteen opening with his song, “Land of Hope and Dreams” and ending with Katy Perry singing “Firework” along with a spectacular fireworks show in Washington D.C.’s National Mall.
The almost-two-hour event hosted by Tom Hanks showcased musical talent from all over the United States with some of the country’s heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. People took to social media to share their thoughts about all the musical performances and guests who performed live and in pre-tapped segments.
We broke down each section of the special with reactions from Twitter users from beginning to end. These were some of the highlights:
Bruce Springsteen’s performance in front of the Lincoln Memorial:
The entire state of #NewJersey is proud of our hometown boys @springsteen and @jonbonjovi who’ll be performing at the #lnauguralCelebration . No, I didn’t speak with everyone in the entire state of New Jersey but, believe me, I just know. #InaugurationDay #DemocracyPrevails
— Alan Zweibel (@AlanZweibel) January 21, 2021
People tuning in and their thoughts about Hanks:
This is so wonderful.
I feel a sense of love. Release. Comfort. Healing. A new beginning.
— ellen (@cbusgrl) January 21, 2021
My wife and I are watching this ‘Celebrating America’ right now, and all we can think is: ‘It’s like the End of a War’.
— Alex F (@SECblog) January 21, 2021
I didn’t watch the inauguration live because I was nervous, so I put it on in the background for most of the day and just intermittently cried for a few minutes here and there. Now I’m watching the Celebrating America broadcast and intermittently crying.
It feels nice.
— Stacey Molski (@staceymolski) January 21, 2021
I’m actually getting emotional watching the #CelebratingAmerica concert.. Just the fact that kindness and respect is being shown in America after all the chaos is so encouraging..
— B.Long (@rblong2013) January 21, 2021
— Marcus (@Ripp8907) January 21, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, America’s sweetheart: Tom Hanks
— Emily (@EmilyUpstairs) January 21, 2021
Many noticed that Hanks may need another layer to survive the cold:
— Brian Fritz (@BrianFritz) January 21, 2021
How long will it take Tom Hanks to thaw out when this is over??
My God, that poor man is frozen.#CelebratingAmerica
— Elaine (@LaBeanBall1) January 21, 2021
When people saw Dolores Huerta reciting an excerpt from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inaugural address:
Seeing Dolores Huerta reciting a piece of FDR’s 1st Inaugural Address is a beautiful thing.
— Jablo (@elyriajablo) January 21, 2021
I’m loving how much I’m seeing Dolores Huerta!!
— Dr. Nicki Washington (@dr_nickiw) January 21, 2021
A surprising cover of the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” by Jon Bon Jovi:
This is the version of Here Comes the Sun I never knew I wanted or needed but I love it! #CelebratingAmerica
— Mr. DAPs (@mrdaps) January 21, 2021
Shut up, YOU’RE crying at Jon Bon Jovi singing Here Comes the Sun
— Jason Horn (@messyepicure) January 21, 2021
Okay, who else is dancing to Bon Jovi????
— Jayne Dutra (@JayneDutra) January 21, 2021
This person after hearing Yo-Yo Ma’s “Amazing Grace” rendition and Joe Biden’s speech:
— Alice Kelly (@DrAliceKelly) January 21, 2021
Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons performance of their song “Better Days” made people emotional:
— Dr. Bethany C (@btown522) January 21, 2021
— Lisa Camooso Miller (@camoosomiller) January 21, 2021
And Black Pumas just gained new fans after their Austin, Texas performance:
— Jillian Hadley (@Cheatara) January 21, 2021
— Crystal Johnson (@iam_crystalmae) January 21, 2021
The Black Pumas. Holy cow, where’s this band been all my life? #Inauguration2021
— Matt Smith (@DTMattSmith) January 21, 2021
Dave Grohl dedicated the Foo Fighters performance of “Times Like These” to all the teachers and even gave his mom a special shout out:
— Taylor Haney (@REYN_MrHaney) January 21, 2021
shout out to the @foofighters for thanking his mom as a public school teacher for 35 years !!!!
— RMS (@bexschmidt) January 21, 2021
okay, but @foofighters dedicating this song to me, a teacher I’ll take it
— Ariana (@ahRIHANNA) January 21, 2021
All the former/current theater kids in America rejoice to hear a rendition of Rent’s “Season of Love” and seeing Manuel Lin-Miranda:
Seasons of Love is an anthem.
It’s a perfect song for this occasion.
This is making me so emotional, I miss Broadway so much. #CelebratingAmerica
— Devita Davison (@DevitaDavison) January 21, 2021
Ok I wasn’t ready for seasons of love to just make me weep openly in a bar… #InaugurationDay
— Micha (@Onthemicha) January 21, 2021
Seasons of love during the inauguration. 16yo me is LIVING for this moment
— Allison (@allisonmcgs) January 21, 2021
Can we acknowledge how impactful @Lin_Manuel has been on American’s appreciation of history & arts and our hope for the future. Hamilton inspires, from little nods in Amanda’s poems today to Lin being featured on Celebrating America tonight. Very appreciative of his existance.
— lexi evers (@lexi_evers) January 21, 2021
Welcome to 2021 the year of POETRY continues with the work of Seamus Heaney read by Lin Manuel Miranda I’m here for this magic #POETRYISNOTDEAD
— Lauren R. Barrett (she/her) (@beyondbrandable) January 21, 2021
A stand-out moment on Twitter was seeing the Space Station introduction:
— SERG (@SupSerg) January 21, 2021
Yolanda Adams’ singing “Hallelujah” right before Vice President Kamala Harris’ speech:
Yolanda Adams’ cover of “Hallelujah” does full justice to Leonard Cohen. #Inauguration2021
— Dr. Milksteak & Jellybeans! (@Tallulahs_Ghost) January 21, 2021
— Casey Dulson (@Casey_LeighD) January 21, 2021
— megs (@megspptc) January 21, 2021
John Legend’s Nina Simone cover of “Feeling Good” had many feeling good at home:
The memorial of Abraham Lincoln beside a black man singing on Inauguration Day, celebrating a black woman becoming the VP of the United States. So powerful. I hope that’s a wild dream that Lincoln had the nerve to dream. America is making a comeback. #InaugurationDay #JohnLegend
— M T (@MThom2707) January 21, 2021
This John Legend cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” needs to be a single immediately.#CelebratingAmerica
— Stephanie Lenz (@Edenza) January 21, 2021
— Kristy’s Retracing Roots (@RetracingRoots) January 21, 2021
— Peter Crott (@mrmixem) January 21, 2021
After Garth Brooks’ performance gained some approval on Twitter during the inauguration ceremony, people also enjoyed Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard:
— Amy Stewart (@DocAmy22) January 21, 2021
I think I’m a Tim McGraw fan now #CelebratingAmerica
— CJ Suitt (@suittsyouwrite) January 21, 2021
Tim McGraw…… my soul…. my heart….. my youth….
— mindy (@curlymin) January 21, 2021
The trio Twitter didn’t know they needed: Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush Jr. and Barack Obama:
— Darrell Dass (@DarrellDass) January 21, 2021
— Melissa Lamaze (@melamaze) January 21, 2021
I want these 3 to do a weekly podcast and talk about all the things #CelebratingAmerica
— Grumpalumpagus (@KarynRambles) January 21, 2021
May not have agreed with all of them all of the time, but these three past Presidents have so much honor and integrity we would all be better to listen and follow. Thank you for leading us and helping us heal. #CelebratingAmerica pic.twitter.com/DqD7yipDMT
— Houston (@radiohouston) January 21, 2021
Demi Lovato’s performance got the first lady and the president dancing:
Jill Biden dancing in the WH to Demi is giving me life! #CelebratingAmerica
— Jenn – Celebrating Biden/Harris (@dailyloathe) January 21, 2021
Joe dancing with the baby is everything. #CelebratingAmerica
— CheersToAll (@FineWineOrNot) January 21, 2021
— Stephanie Emiliani (@SLEmiliani) January 21, 2021
And last, but not least, Perry’s finale of her hit “Fireworks” featuring actual fireworks:
— Katy Perry Activity (@ActivityKaty) January 21, 2021
Katy Perry singing Firework for the fireworks display is Americana at its absolute best. #CelebratingAmerica
— Geoff Bowser (@geoffreybowser) January 21, 2021
Singing Fireworks while the fireworks go off in the background is so cheesy and I’M HERE FOR IT #CelebratingAmerica
— Samantha (@Substance_Soul) January 21, 2021
a heartfelt katy perry “do you ever feel like a plastic bag,” nature is healing
— Tyler Fisher (@tylrfishr) January 21, 2021
Source: Orange County Register