British Singer ‘Might’ Sing at Trump’s Inauguration

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British Singer Has One Condition for Trump

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Rebecca Ferguson performs on stage during The Magic of Christmas at London Palladium on November 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Luca V. Teuchmann/Getty Images)

British Singer Rebecca Ferguson, runner-up in the former X Factor singing competition, says she has been asked to perform at the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump. The singer said she would “graciously accept” the invitation to participate in the Jan 20 event in Washington DC. However, she has one condition she has imposed before she will accept the invitation.

British Singer Will Accept Invitation If…

Ferguson has agreed to accept the invitation if she is allowed to sing the song, Strange Fruit. The singer says the song has “huge historical importance” and it used to be “blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial.” The song was written by teacher Abel Meeropol and recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939. It is a song that protests against racism, particularly the lynching of African-Americans in the early 20th century. In a tweet she said the song “speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the US and is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world.”

Reports suggest a number of high-profile musicians have turned down invitations to sing at the inauguration including Celine Dion and opera star Andrea Bocelli.

It is not known who will perform at the President-elect’s swearing-in ceremony later this month.