What the F#%&*^%$#!!!
After a rumor spread across the Internets on Wednesday (Jan. 18) that R&B singer Chrisette Michele could be performing at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the songstress has now made it official.
According to the New York Daily News, Michele agreed to the performance a week ago, but kept it under wraps due to expected criticism. Her team confirmed with ESSENCE that she will be joining a group of country musicians and rock singers for the lineup. Michele’s manager initially seemed a bit taken aback by the news and was unable to give further comment.
Insiders add that Michele was originally approached by Trump’s team to perform “Intentional” with Travis Greene, Tye Tribbett, and Jonathan McReynolds, the trio she performed the song with for BET’s Celebration of Gospel event. Two of the three declined, so Michele decided to move on with an R&B set.
Michele has already received criticism regarding her decision to perform. On Instagram, one fan wrote: “You’d be the same one to tell where the slaves was hiding for a couple of coins! Money over principles huh, you’re a fool!” Another added: “Welp guess you don’t care about ur career officially will not support any project ur are affiliated with!!”
The criticism continued with another fan saying Michele’s credibility is now in question. “Obama said you were on his playlist, never heard Donald ever mention you. I understand getting your coins, but you are playing for a crowd who doesn’t purchase your music. Can’t say that I will stop supporting you, but this gives me pause about integrity as an artist Vs being in it for the money.”
Some fans offered support, however, with one person writing: “I’m so happy your going to perform! I’m proud of you, cause at the end of the day we’re all Americans.”
So far, inauguration performers include ’90s rock band 3 Doors Down, country singer Toby Keith, and 81-year-old singer Sam Moore of Sam and Dave.