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Jackie Evancho: Who sang at Trump’s inauguration?

Graig Graziosi
·1-min read
Jackie Evancho performs the National Anthem as Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump watch (Getty)
Jackie Evancho performs the National Anthem as Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump watch (Getty)

Pop music icon Lady Gaga and superstar J-Lo have been applauded for their performances at Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

But they are not the first musicians to take that stage, with pop music long being a part of the US presidential ceremony; Aretha Franklin sang at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, as did Beyonce. And in 1993, Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand sang at Bill Clinton’s swearing-in ceremony.

However, despite Donald Trump’s celebrity, the performer at his inauguration was a relatively little known singer named Jackie Evancho.

Ms Evancho gained some notoriety for her appearance on "America's Got Talent" when she was 10 years old.

Mr Trump was actually the second president Ms Evancho had sung for; prior to performing at his inauguration, she sung for Barack Obama during the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The young singer faced criticism for her decision to accept Mr Trump's invitation to sing – many other artists had turned him down – but she ultimately decided to sing.

She has since said she regrets the "damage" caused by her performance.

"I definitely do have some things that I really wish that I could go back and change or fix, especially with my influence with the LGBTQ community," she told USA Today in 2019.

"Because ever since I sang at the inauguration, they feel like I'm not with them, but I absolutely am and I'm frustrated with the fact that it changed their opinions of me. And I just want them to know that I do advocate for them wholeheartedly and I support them completely."

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