Jennifer Holliday explains decision to perform at Trump's inauguration: 'I don't have a dog in this fight'

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Jennifer Holliday explained her decision to perform at Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration during an interview with the New York Times on Friday.

The legendary performer, known for her starring turn in the original Broadway run of "Dreamgirls," said that she'll be performing at the Jan. 19 concert "for the people."

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"I'm singing on the mall for the people," she explained to the Times. "I don't have a dog in this fight -- I'm just a singer, and it's a welcome concert for the people on the mall."

When news broke on Friday that Holliday would be performing alongside 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith and a slew of other stars, the reaction was predictably intense online, which surprised the singer.

See photos of Jennifer Holliday throughout her career:

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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 25: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the 28th Annual Grammy Awards on February 25, 1986 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jennifer Holliday and Cher at the 'Dreamgirls' opening night afterparty. Taken in Los Angeles at the Shubert Theater in Century City on March 20, 1983. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 4: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the Apollo Theater's 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 4, 1985 at the Apollo Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
CHICAGO - 1985: Singer Jennifer Holliday performs at the New Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in 1985. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 28: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the American Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Sidney Poitier on February 28, 1989 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jennifer Holliday, Smokey Robinson, and Herbie Hancock holding an award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical Special during the 1988 ACE awards for cable television, Los Angeles, California, January 20, 1988. (Photo by Clarence Gatson/Gado/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 17: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the 'That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records' 15th Anniversary Concert' to Benefit AIDS Research - After Party on March 17, 1990 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 31: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the Foundation for Education Research's Labor Day LA! Gala to Benefit AIDS Research on August 31, 1991 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CHICAGO - 1996: Singer Jennifer Holliday poses for photos after her performance at the DuSable Museum in Chicago, Illinois in 1996. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 31: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the Broadway's Stars in the Alley Free Concert to Kick-Off the 49th Annual Tony AWards on May 31, 1995 at Shubert Alley in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Actress Jennifer Holliday under the marquee of the Shubert Theater where she plays Matron Mama Morton in the musical 'Chicago.' (Photo by James Keivom/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 7: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the 52nd Annual Tony Awards on June 7, 1998 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
388395 11: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Singer Gladys Knight and singer Jennifer Holliday rehearse April 26, 2001 for the Essence Awards at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
Jennifer Holliday during APLA's 'Ten-Year Commitment to Life' Gala Benefit at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Jennifer Holliday during G&P Foundation for Cancer Research Announces Recipients of 1.8 Million in Grants at 'Denim & Diamonds' Fundraiser at Planet Hollywood in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Jennifer Holliday during Macy's & American Express Passport Gala - Show at Barker Hanger in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Weeks/FilmMagic)
Preston Bailey and Jennifer Holliday during Sixth Annual Elle Decor's 'Dining by Design', Presented by Champagne Taittinger at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's 33rd Aniversary and Auction at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel on November 6, 2004 in Century City, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Jennifer Holliday during 'Preston Bailey's Fantasy Weddings' Book Party at The Rainbow Room in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Jennifer Holliday during Apollo 2005 Spring Benefit at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, United States. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 19: Actress Jennifer Holliday attends the Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Presents Nothing Like A Dame 2007 after party at John's Pizza March 19, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson perform 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage for BET Network)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 5: Singers Bianca Ryan (L) and Jennifer Holliday perform at Operation Smile's 25th Anniversary Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 5, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Singer Jennifer Holliday performs onstage during the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at Marriott Marquis on March 28, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
ATLANTA - JULY 20: Left to Right Cindy Herron-Braggs, Jennifer Holliday and Kiara Bennett Preforming in the Musical 'DreamGirls' (Photo by Moses Robinson/WireImage)
MIAMI - NOVEMBER 29: Singer Jennifer Holliday performs at The White Party at Vizcaya on November 29, 2008 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Logan Fazio/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Singer Jennifer Holliday performs at The Apollo Theater's 78th Season Of Amateur Night - Opening Night With Jennifer Holliday at The Apollo Theater on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Jennifer Holliday performs at The Apollo Theater's 78th Season Of Amateur Night - Opening Night With Jennifer Holliday at The Apollo Theater on February 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singers Jennifer Holliday (L) and Jessica Sanchez perform onstage during Fox's 'American Idol 2012' results show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Jennifer Holliday attends the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 25: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the Get On Up premiere at Regal Cinemas-Atlantic Station on July 25, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Jennifer Holliday performs at BB King on September 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 06: Singer Jennifer Holliday performs onstage at Grounded in History, Soaring into the Future: Rev. Joseph E. Lowery's 94th Birthday Celebration at Delta flight Museum on October 6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Jennifer Holliday performs at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on January 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 28: Singer Jennifer Holliday performs onstage at John Lewis 75th Birthday Celebration at The Tabernacle on March 28, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 23: Singer Jennifer Holliday attends the 2016 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on June 23, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for ASCAP)
THE VIEW - 'The View's' Karaoke Contest airs today, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The co-hosts sing their favorite hits with surprise guest, Jennifer Holliday while L.A. Reid and Boy George judge. 'THE VIEW' airs 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JENNIFER HOLLIDAY
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"It brought a lot of threats from people already saying I'll never work again. If that's what America has come to, where we all hate and bully people, there's no more freedom of speech," she said. "I know everybody hates me now, but that shows we are all just hateful people now -- we don't even want to work together."

Despite her words, Holliday also made sure to note that she didn't support president-elect Trump during his campaign. In fact, she actually voted for his biggest competitor.

"I voted for Mrs. Clinton, and they knew that," she proclaimed.

Read her full interview here.

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BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 19 Singer Brad Arnold of the American band 3 Doors Down performs live during a concert at the Columbiahalle on October 19, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
BIRMINGHAM, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: Greg Upchurch of 3 Doors Down performs at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center on September 24, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, AL - SEPTEMBER 24: Brad Arnold, Greg Upchurch, and Justin Biltonen of 3 Doors Down perform at Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center on September 24, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, PA - MAY 19: Lead singer Kevin Martin of Candlebox performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 19, 2016 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images)
PRYOR, OK - MAY 28: Musician Chet Roberts of 3 Doors Down performs at Catch The Fever Festival Grounds on May 28, 2016 in Pryor, Oklahoma. (Photo by Jason Squires/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - MAY 06: Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down performs during 2016 Carolina Rebellion at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 6, 2016 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Brad Arnold and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down attend the AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York on March 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Musicians Brad Arnold (L) and Chris Henderson discuss their new album 'Us And The Night' during AOL BUILD series at AOL Studios In New York on March 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 3 Doors Down perform live on 'Good Morning America,' 3/11/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) 3 DOORS DOWN
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 3 Doors Down perform live on 'Good Morning America,' 3/11/16, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) 3 DOORS DOWN
3 Doors Down (Brad Arnold, Chris Henderson, Greg Upchurch, Todd Harrell) performs on stage at the Stadtpark, Hamburg // � Philipp Szyza (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images)
3 Doors Down (Brad Arnold, Chris Henderson, Greg Upchurch, Todd Harrell) performs on stage at the Stadtpark, Hamburg // � Philipp Szyza (Photo by Hoch Zwei/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 02: Todd Harrell,Chet Roberts, and Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down performs at the Louisville Palace on February 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 02: Chet Roberts,Todd Harrell, and Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down performs at the Louisville Palace on February 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
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