Jennifer Holliday Backs Out Of Performing At Trump Inauguration After Backlash

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Singer Jennifer Holliday backed out of performing at president-elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration after facing backlash.

On Saturday, the 56-year-old singer issued a statement about having a “lapse of judgement,” noting an article by The Daily Beast that criticized her for letting down the LGBT community by performing. The statement comes after she told another outlet on Friday that she wanted to perform to “welcome the people of America.” (RELATED: New Details Have Been Released About Trump’s Inauguration Plans)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03 Jennifer Hollidayperforms at Jackie Robinson Foundation 2014 Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation)

(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation)

“Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a ‘bi-partisan songbird’ having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush,” Holliday wrote.

“I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the ‘Welcome Concert For The People’– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase ‘For The People’… I thought, For America,” she added.

“I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” she continued.

“In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES! I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.”

Katie Jerkovich

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