Country music star Toby Keith was subjected to quite a bit of backlash and retaliation when word of his prospective inauguration performance made headlines. With both the profound support and discontent with President Donald Trump's election win, artists across the board were hesitant of accepting what many felt was a coveted invitation to perform at the nationally acclaimed event. However, Keith was quick to drown out the hate and backlash, courtesy of his own confidence and beliefs.
According to Billboard, the country star openly spoke at the recent CRS (Country Radio Seminar) in regards to his decision on performing at the highly-anticipated inauguration. "It you succumb to that pressure, it just divides us," the "Made In America" singer wisely spoke. Keith admitted that his astounding 240 USO shows for U.S. troops heavily impacted his outlook and willingness to say "yes" to nationally affiliated events.
"The memories, the geography lessons, the history lessons, the friends I’ve made [on USO shows are] the reason you can look them in the eye and say, ‘I don’t have to apologize for playing the inauguration,’” Keith said proudly. The singer also admitted that a handful of artists were more than supportive of the crooner's decision, confiding in the star that their camp was unwilling to commit to the controversial event.
According to Keith, this is just "the American way".
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