How Biden Inaugural Team Pulled Off That Starry Production – Without Mentioning Trump

A late start, COVID-19, and the Capitol riot challenged the production team but never threw it off-course, co-executive producer Stephanie Cutter says

Four years after Donald Trump’s inauguration team struggled to get big stars to perform — aside from GOP standbys like Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Jon Voight and 3 Doors Down — Joe Biden’s swearing-in was greeted with a star-studded lineup that included Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks and host Tom Hanks for the mostly-live “Celebrating America” primetime special.

Biden’s well-produced inaugural events have won mostly raves, and co-executive producer Stephanie Cutter told TheWrap Thursday the program “reflected what a Biden presidency is all about.” And that included no on-air mention of outgoing president Donald Trump.

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Lindsey Ellefson

Media reporter • lindsey.ellefson@thewrap.com • Twitter: @ellefs0n