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Singer Jackie Evancho to Perform National Anthem at Trump Inauguration

Teenage singer Jackie Evancho will perform the National Anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, DC on January 20, the President-elect’s inaugural committee announced Wednesday.

The 16-year-old opera singer is best known for her appearance on America’s Got Talent, where she finished second during the 2010 season, at just 10 years old.

“I have recently been asked by the President-elect to perform the National Anthem for the swearing-in ceremony at the inauguration,” Evancho said on Today Wednesday morning. “I’m so excited. It’s going to be awesome.”

Evancho’s performance follows previous National Anthem singers Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé, who performed at President Obama’s first and second inaugurations, respectively.

The young singer has met Trump before; she snapped a photo with the now-President-elect at his Mar-a-Lago club in 2010.

There has been speculation that other singers could perform at Trump’s inauguration, including country star Garth Brooks and rapper Kanye West.

 

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