President-elect Donald Trump, who is struggling to find artists for his inauguration on January 20, will bring together the stars of country music, a genre mostly prized in the conservative south of the United States.
Country singers Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood and Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday will perform at the Lincoln Memorial, the organizers of the investiture ceremony announced on Friday.
The event, in which Donald Trump will speak, will be free, and will take place on Thursday, the day before the 45th President of the United States takes the oath.
Toby Keith, one of the most famous country singers of the 90s, released a song after the attacks of September 11th 2001 called ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)’.
The singer then fiercely argued with the country group Dixie Chicks, opposed to the war in Iraq, but he also spoke with admiration of President Barack Obama.
At 74, Lee Greenwood is best known for his 1984 title ‘God Bless the USA’ which had become popular at the time of the Iraq war.
“I am honored to once again participate and sing for President-Elect Donald Trump. This is a moment to meet together the challenges of our country”, Greenwood said in a statement, which took place at the last three Republican nominations.
Country music is particularly popular among white Americans, especially in the south of the country, a stronghold of Donald Trump supporters who have supported his most controversial proposals against immigrants and other minorities.
Jennifer Holliday will be one of the few black artists to perform for Donald Trump.
Winner of a Tony Award in 1982 for her musical Dreamgirls, which inspired a film starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson, she became known for R & B and pop recordings and is highly respected in the homosexual community.
But these artists pale in comparison with the stars who came to sing for Barack Obama.
A similar concert on the eve of the actual Lincoln Memorial nomination in 2009 brought together Beyoncé, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Stevie Wonder, as well as country superstar Garth Brooks.
Despite his career in the entertainment business, the billionaire struggled to find celebrities agreeing to perform for his nomination after his bitter campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Some of the artists who supported Ms. Clinton, such as Katy Perry, planned to come to Washington the day after the ceremony for a major civil rights demonstration organized by opponents to Donald Trump.