Aiming for his fourth inauguration performance, as he perviously serenaded former Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, singer Lee Greenwood is simply elated to have the opportunity at yet another historical moment. Greenwood, known for his signature patriotic single "God Bless The U.S.A.", sat down with Billboard to discuss his personal belief on the importance of this "change of power in D.C."
He explained that his presence and performance is not strictly based on support for President-elect Donald Trump, but rather this phenomenal transition of power and history. "It’s not political. I consider it a great honor and prestige of being able to sing the song I wrote in 1983 at the Lincoln Memorial," he explained.
While Greenwood also admitted that he finds those who have responded to the invite with a certain "No" to have rather bad taste, he was very clear on his personal opinion towards those who had cancelled their appearance upon receiving backlash from a portion of the nation, as well as alleged death threats. "I think that’s a mistake," he spoke.
Speaking of singer Jennifer Holliday, a formerly booked performer for the event who later retracted her agreement to perform upon a massive retaliation from fans, Greenwood admitted that he does not believe this sudden change of heart will further her career as she intended.
As he explained that it was the nation who chose to elect Trump, Greenwood advised that entertainers not buckle at the criticism and backlash of the few. "I’m sorry she made that choice," he said, although adding that the decisions of others will in no way alter her stance and opinion. According to Greenwood, his feedback from fans has been nothing short of outstanding and supportive.
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