Singer Jackie Evancho has received online backlash for agreeing to perform during Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day ceremony.
Evancho, 16, a former “America’s Got Talent” star, will sing the national anthem—the first musical act confirmed to sing at the event.
“We’re delighted to have Jackie Evancho performing the national anthem at the 58th presidential inaugural ceremony,” Boris Epshteyn, the inaugural committee’s director of communications, told Yahoo. He added: “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.”
While on the “Today” show, Evancho said she’s “really honored to be able to sing for the office” and it’s “a great honor for me.”
On Twitter, some users attacked her and her sister. “Nothing says #careersuicide like Jackie Evancho performing at the Inauguration. Her career is failing already. She’ll never live this down,” wrote one person on the social media website.
“My family is kind of a big target,” Evancho said of the online bullying, adding: “I also get a lot of love. We pay most attention to that,” reported People magazine last week.
It’s worth noting that she’s performed twice for President Obama.
Jackie Evancho and President Obama. pic.twitter.com/zBxM38go
— DJ Pat Stone (@PatStone3) January 29, 2013
In 2010, Evancho was invited to sing for Obama at the National Christmas Tree Lighting. Later in 2012, she sang at the National Prayer Breakfast for the Obama administration.
“I remember that I got a lot of applause and that everyone was really impressed,” she told People of singing at the Prayer Breakfast, “so I’m hoping the same thing happens.”