Trump finally shares the lineup to his inaugural bash, though apparently Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday hasn't accepted the invite yet.
Finally, a week before he's sworn in, Donald Trump has managed to get a few recognizable acts to perform at his inauguration -- at least according to his inauguration chair, Boris Epshteyn. Earlier today, Epshteyn went on Twitter to announce that "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" will include performances from red Solo Cup enthusiast Toby Keith, angsty summer camp rockers 3 Doors Down (known for early '00s hits like "Kryptonite"), and Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday.
Of those acts, Jennifer Holliday is the most surprising, seeing that she's a black woman, thus being a member of two constituencies who are generally opposed to Trump. Holliday is a Grammy-winning singer and actress, most known for her work in '80s Broadway shows like Dreamgirls, for which she won a Tony Award in 1982. She recently finished up a Broadway run of "The Color Purple."
Though she would be a strong addition to the lineup, she's not a shoe-in just yet, despite Epshteyn's announcement. According to sources close to the singer, Holliday has not yet accepted the invite to the ringing in of the Trumpacolypse.
"Jennifer has been asked to perform but she hasn't officially agreed to do so yet," her publicist, Bill Carpenter, told TheWrap. "I’ll let you know later this afternoon for sure if she’ll be performing.” Considering the backlash she's receiving from fans on Twitter based on the preemptive confirmation of here inauguration performance, it's very much up in the air as to whether she'll be there on that fateful occasion.
Black America to Jennifer Holliday today:— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) January 13, 2017
We The Black Delegation will like to trade Jennifer Holliday and a future 1st round pick for Betty White ..— Sharliq Grant (@SGofDaRuSH) January 13, 2017
Jennifer Holliday can kiss her Gay Pride gigs this year goodbye. https://t.co/YlFOEKwNZC— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 13, 2017
Are you telling me that Jennifer Holliday had the opportunity to say "And I am telling you, I'm not going" IRL and she DIDNT TAKE IT— maggie (@OfficialMaggieL) January 13, 2017