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Lady Gaga’s ties to Biden date to before his presidential run.


When Lady Gaga performs the national anthem at President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, it will not be the first time that the singer and the politician have shared the spotlight.

Lady Gaga campaigned in November with Mr. Biden in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state that he won. The evening before Election Day, she performed at the Biden campaign’s final rally.

Her appearance drew criticism from President Trump’s campaign, which accused her of being an anti-fracking activist, and from Mr. Trump himself.

“Lady Gaga is not too good,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in November. “I could tell you plenty of stories. I could tell you stories about Lady Gaga. I know a lot of stories.” He did not elaborate.

The singer’s ties to Mr. Biden date back to his time as vice president, when they worked together on the White House’s campaign to fight sexual assault on college campuses.

In 2016, Mr. Biden introduced Lady Gaga at the Academy Awards, where he plugged the campaign against sexual assault and she performed her song “Til It Happens to You,” made for a documentary about that issue. The two later appeared together to promote the White House’s campaign. In 2017, after Mr. Biden left office, they also filmed a public service announcement about sexual assault.

“I’m here today with not only a great friend, but a fierce advocate,” Mr. Biden said in the video.

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