Country music star Lee Greenwood considers an inauguration performance to be an honor and slammed other celebrities for backing out.
Greenwood’s pre-inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial this Thursday for Donald Trump will be the country artist’s fourth inauguration performance for an incoming Republican president.
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“It’s not just about the Trump event, it’s about the change of power in D.C. This is our fourth inauguration. I think whenever you’re asked to do a Congressional appearance, I think it’s in bad taste to say, ‘No.’ It’s not political,” the 74 year-old singer told The Hollywood Reporter.
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The singer, who will perform his signature hit “God Bless the USA,” thinks other artists are making a “mistake” by backing out or declining an invitation to take the stage.
“I think that’s a mistake,” he said of singer Jennifer Holliday cancelling plans to appear at the inauguration after criticism from her fans.
“And, I think, sadly, that she would buckle under that kind of minority approach. Because it probably is,” Greenwood continued. “The nation spoke resoundingly to elect this President. For her to buckle under, to social media, again, she’s thinking that’s going to make an impact on her career. And it certainly won’t.”
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Greenwood considers being able to perform and be part of an American transition to be “a great honor” and believes others artists should see it the same way.
“We just can’t be deterred by the underlying gossip and focus on the event itself, which is the change in power between one President and the next,” Greenwood said.
“There’s a few naysayers who are disappointed the election didn’t go their way,” he added. “But, without being political, and that’s what we’re trying to push aside, is this is not political, this is basically about the change in power. America has spoken. We have a new president-elect, and we’re going to support him.”
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