Published: Tue, January 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Charlotte Church Declines Offer To Sing For "Tyrant" Donald Trump

Charlotte Church Declines Offer To Sing For

The soprano isn't the first entertainer who says they declined an offer to perform at next week's inaugural ceremony in Washington.

Welsh singer Charlotte Church has taken a swipe at "tyrant" Donald Trump after she claimed his team asked her to perform at his inauguration.

Church, who performed on the soundtrack for Ron Howard's 2001 film "A Beautiful Mind", began her career as a classical singer but has gone pop in recent years with songs like "Crazy Chick".

After performing a simple internet search as suggested, we found the following comments by Church that would seemingly preclude her from performing at the event marking the start of Trump's presidency.

Charlotte's dismissal of the apparent offer comes shortly after Rebecca Ferguson confirmed that she won't be appearing at the inauguration, having received an offer that she was considering accepting. The song is a condemnation of the lynchings of African-Americans in the late 1930s, based on a poem by Abel Meeropol.

On Tuesday, she issued a statement saying she "wasn't comfortable with the song choice made on my behalf".

Lion star Nicole Kidman, who holds both Australian and United States citizenship, said American people had a responsibility to support whoever sits in the president's seat.

Rebecca previously admitted that she would perform if she was permitted to perform Billie Holiday's seminal Civil Rights anthem Strange Fruit - but it now seems that won't be happening after the request was seemingly denied.

A handful of acts, including "America's Got Talent" runner-up Jackie Evancho, the Rockettes, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, have been publicly confirmed for the January 20 inauguration.

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