Amanda Gorman, Youngest Inaugural Poet, Has A Moment In Joe Biden Ceremony
While the ceremony had performers like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, it was 22-year-old African American poet Amanda Gorman who sent the interwebs buzzing after her stint at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday.
Gorman, who became the country's first Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, read a poem she wrote for the occasion called 'The Hill We Climb' after Biden and Harris were sworn in.
Within minutes she started trending on social media as people scrambled to find out more about the young woman who enthralled the audience with her powerful rendition.
The youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration, the Los Angeles-born writer and performer she said she hoped her new composition would "speak to the moment" and "do this time justice".
She told the BBC she felt "excitement, joy, honour and humility" when she was asked to take part in the ceremony, "and also at the same time terror".