Chrisette Michele tapped for Donald Trump inauguration: Report


Chrisette Michele is reportedly the latest act to sign on to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration. The New York Daily Newsreports that the deal with the R&B singer was reached a week ago and has remained a "big secret" because her camp feared backlash leading up to the event, taking place this Friday.

Event organizers have had their fair share of hurdles with securing acts for the lineup. Bruce Springsteen cover band The B Street Band canceled their performance scheduled for Thursday night at the Garden State Inaugural Ball in Washington. Grammy- and Tony-winning singer Jennifer Holliday pulled out of her inauguration performance after receiving major backlash from supporters on social media. The Radio City Rockette dancers, who were also tapped for the inauguration, expressed disappointment about being booked for the presidential gig.

Michele's 2007 debut album I Am debuted at No. 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while the lead single and will.i.am collaboration "Be OK" landed a Grammy for the short-lived best urban/alternative performance category. Her 2009 effort Epiphany hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 03: Singer Chrisette Michele peforms onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 3, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01: Recording artist Chrisette Michele attends the 13th Annual McDonald's 365Black Awards on July 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MAY 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Chrisette Michele attends a Meet and Greet Luncheon at Radio Station 102.3 on May 4, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Singer Chrisette Michele poses backstage at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on March 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: R&B Soul singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele performs at The Apollo Theater on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: R&B Soul singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele at The Apollo Theater on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Singer Chrisette Michele attends BET Celebration Of Gospel 2016 at Orpheum Theatre on January 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Christette Michele attends Soho Lounge on November 23, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Sources also told the Daily News that the initial plan was to have Michele perform "Intentional" with singers Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds and Tye Tribbet (they had performed the number at BET's Celebration of Gospel last year). The plan allegedly fell apart when two of the three singers declined the offer.

Other acts slated to perform at the inauguration include country singer Toby Keith and rock group 3 Doors Down.

Billboard has reached out to Michele's reps for comment.


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