The speculation as to which big name entertainer will be asked to perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump has come to an end.
In an announcement on Wednesday, 16-year-old Jackie Evancho told NBC’s Today that she has been asked to sing the National Anthem during the ceremony.
— Trump Inauguration (@TrumpInaugural) December 14, 2016
“I have recently been asked by the president-elect to perform the national anthem for the swearing-in ceremony at the inauguration,” she said. “I’m so excited. It’s going to be awesome.”
“What was it like to get that call?” TODAY host Matt Lauer asked Evancho.
“I felt really honored,” she replied. “To sing for the office, it’s a great honor for me.”
Boris Epshteyn, an adviser for the president-elect confirmed Evancho’s announcement on Twitter:
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) December 14, 2016
Evancho burst on the screen in 2010 when, at the age of 10, she was the runner-up on America’s Got Talent.
Shortly after her appearance, young Evancho was introduced to billionaire businessman Donald Trump at his Palm Beach, Fla. resort, Mar-a-Lago.
This is not the first presidential performance in the young singer’s career.
Evancho also sang for President Barack Obama and the first family in 2010 at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony as well as performing at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast.
Evancho recalled her performance for Obama and her opportunity to meet him.
“He was really nice,” Evancho said.
Jackies inaugural performance comes after past performances by female singers such as Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Beyonce.
Evancho has received gold and platinum albums for her recordings.
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