After harsh backlash and much buildup, singer Jackie Evancho — who is a mere 16 years old — was finally given the chance to perform the national anthem at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. The Friday performance was a beautiful and graceful rendition. Evancho did not miss a beat, and Trump could be seen after the performance saying to her, “Great job, Jackie.”
Evancho, who found fame at only 10 years old on “America’s Got Talent,” was the first person announced to perform at the inauguration. The young singer revealed to People after the original announcement that her decision to perform had led to harassment against her and her family — including her transgender sister.
Evancho stood by her decision to perform, and the conviction paid off in spades. Album sales skyrocketed for her, and reports say major labels are looking at producing her seventh record.
In a Thursday interview on “Fox & Friends,” Evancho showed the type of grace and class that artists on the Left who chose to boycott the inauguration severely lacked. “This is an honor for me to sing for my country and that’s all it is,” she said. “There’s no politics involved for me.”