Update: The Director of Communications of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Boris Epshteyn, has issued a statement about Jackie Evancho performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony saying, “We’re delighted to have Jackie Evancho performing the National Anthem at the 58th Presidential Inaugural Ceremony. As the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum, she is a true role model and inspiration for people young and old in our country and around the globe. Jackie represents the best and the brightest of America.”
With just more than a month until from Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration there’s been a lot of speculation over who would be performing at the President-elect’s ceremony. Wednesday morning (Dec. 14) it was announced that Jackie Evancho will be singing the national anthem for the event.
“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 the Today show. “I’m so excited. It’s going to be awesome.”
The 16-year-old opera singer is known for placing second on Season 5 of America’s Got Talent at the age of 10.
The two previous performers at the swearing in ceremony were Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé, respectively, who sang at President Obama’s first and second swearing ins.