Donald Trump is one step closer to being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, and his Make America Great Again welcome celebration kicked off inauguration weekend Thursday (Jan. 19).
Trump himself didn't emerge until about an hour into the event. Following an introduction by actor Jon Voight and a string of musical performances -- including a rendition of "America the Beautiful" from Sam Moore of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Sam & Dave -- Trump and wife Melania finally took the stage. But his followers would have to wait a bit longer to hear from the man himself. Before he took the microphone, the rest of the event's musical lineup -- including Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, The Piano Guys and "God Bless the U.S.A." singer Lee Greenwood -- hit the stage.
"This journey began 18 months ago," Trump said to wrap up the event. "I had something to do with it, but you had much more to do with it than I did. I'm the messenger. I'm just the messenger. We all got tired of seeing what was happening, and we wanted change, but we wanted real change."