Rachel Platten Not Happy The Piano Guys Played 'Fight Song' at Trump's Inaugural Ball
Months after her hit "Fight Song" became a kind of unofficial anthem of Democrat Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, singer Rachel Platten was upset to hear that the track was performed on Friday night (Jan. 20) by The Piano Guys at President Donald Trump's Freedom Ball. She tweeted her distaste for the news and the group responded that their performance was not political and acknowledged that Platten had not given them the go-ahead.
Just hours after Trump took the oath of office in Washington, Platten tweeted, "While I respect the office of the President of the United States and the peaceful transfer of power," she clarified that she did not give the group permission to sing her empowerment anthem.
While I respect the office of the President and the peaceful transfer of power, I want to make clear that at at no point did the Piano Guys— Rachel Platten (@RachelPlatten) January 21, 2017
ask for permission, nor did I or anyone on my team know of, approve or endorse their decision to play Fight Song tonight.— Rachel Platten (@RachelPlatten) January 21, 2017
The Utah-based group that became popular thanks to YouTube videos featuring covers of classical compositions and songs by Adele, Elvis and religious music, responded by saying their mash-up of "Fight Song" and "Amazing Grace" was meant to be non-partisan and was admittedly not endorsed by Platten.
Our performance tonight, which combined "Fight Song" and "Amazing Grace" had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton or politics....— ThePianoGuys (@PianoGuys) January 21, 2017
We chose to perform our version of "Fight Song/Amazing Grace" - it was not endorsed by Rachel Platten. We love Rachel and we love her song.— ThePianoGuys (@PianoGuys) January 21, 2017
Here's the Piano Guys performing on Friday for Trump.
And here is the all-star video of artists singing "Fight Song" in support of Clinton's campaign.