Singer Jennifer Holliday has reportedly cancelled her upcoming performance at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. A source close to the singer has revealed that she has received death threats after agreeing to play at the ceremony.
Last week we posted an article that included a list of all of the musical artists that had turn down an offer to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration. The list included some of the biggest names in the music business including Elton John, Celine Dion, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake.
With time running out, is was finally revealed that Trump had managed to book both Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday and a Bruce Springsteen tribute band called ‘The B Street Band’. It now appears that both acts have pulled out of the ceremony.
Jennifer Holliday is perhaps best known for her work in the musicals ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Your Arms To Short To Box With God’. She was awarded both a Tony Award in 1982 for her performance in ‘Dreamgirls’, and a Grammy Award in 1983 for her song ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’.
If was revealed earlier this week that Holliday had agreed to perform at the upcoming inauguration (January 20); however, with just three days to go the singer has now decided not to go ahead with the performance. A representative of Holliday has suggested that the singer has pulled out because she does not wish to offend the LGBT community. It has also been suggested that Holliday has received death threats over the last few days.
In an official statement, Holliday’s representative explained: “It was all of those things. She wasn’t scared to perform. She didn’t want to put her family at risk based on the death threats and she also didn’t want to offend the LGBT community which was especially upset that a past ally would perform on a programme with President-Elect Donald Trump.”