Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chrisette Michele has reportedly agreed to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The New York Daily News cites sources close to Michele as saying that the contract was kept “a big secret” so as to avoid any public backlash.
Michele’s concerns stemmed from reports that Broadway star Jennifer Holliday endured a torrent of abuse after announcing her plans to sing at the controversial president-elect’s inaugural ceremony.
“I woke up and there was like this whole thing of terrible tweets and things on my Instagram, and I was like, ‘Oh Lord, what did I do?'” Holliday told ABC News.
Holliday, who previously performed for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, says she was the target of racist slurs and even received death threats.
“I live a pretty reclusive life,” she said. “You’re not on the radio, and then one morning you wake up and everyone hates you.”
Holliday has since canceled her appearance, although she maintains that she had the best of intentions.
“It was my honest desire that my voice … could be used as an instrument of healing and unity,” she said.
In addition to Michele, performers at Trump’s inauguration will reportedly include country singers Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, Motown singer Sam Moore and alternative rock group 3 Doors Down, according to the New York Daily News. A Bruce Springsteen cover band was reportedly scheduled to perform but backed out after receiving criticism from Springsteen’s real band.
Sources: New York Daily News, ABC News / Photo credit: Bossip