Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump Inauguration

by VVN Music

Jennifer Holliday has announced that she has removed herself from the performance list for next Friday's inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

Jennifer had received communications from many gay, lesbian and black fans pointing out the president-elect's positions on many of the issues important to their communities.

Scheduled for the Welcome Concert on Thursday night, Holliday has been defending her decision to sing in a number of interviews but, on Saturday, The Wrap printed an open letter that Holliday wrote to the LGBT community explaining her original decision to perform, saying it was "my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush" following with the statement that she was pulling out of Thursday's show and her reasons behind doing so.

Included in her letter:

...my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!

I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.

Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded.

Holiday took her signature song from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going, to the top of the R&B Singles chart in 1982 and number 22 on the Hot 100. She followed with two more top ten R&B hits, I Am Love (1983 / #2 R&B / #49 Pop) and I'm On Your Side (1991 / #10 R&B).

The full letter can be seen at The Wrap.

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