Garth Brooks to perform at Joe Biden’s inauguration

Country music star Garth Brooks will perform at US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration as part of the swearing-in ceremony.

Brooks, one of the biggest names in country music, said his performance is not a political statement but a “statement of unity”.

“This is kind of how I get to serve this country,” he added.

Brooks is the latest performer added to the star-studded line-up for Mr Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will recite a classical work during the event, joining musicians including Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato and John Legend at the ceremony.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga will sing the US national anthem as Mr Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in to office, with Jennifer Lopez also providing a musical performance.

Later, Hollywood legend Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute prime-time TV special celebrating Mr Biden’s inauguration.

The Biden Inauguration Committee previously released an official inauguration playlist, with 46 songs to celebrate the 46th president of the United States.

Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Dua Lipa and Mary J Blige will all feature.

Attendance at the ceremony in Washington DC will be severely restricted due to the pandemic and heightened security measures following the unrest at the Capitol building earlier this month.