Renowned American singer and actress Jennifer Holliday, who was scheduled to perform at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration concert on Thursday, January 19, 2017 suddenly backed out at the last minute.
The singer initially said the reason she was forced to pull the plug on the inauguration concert performance was because she wasn’t aware that her participation in the ceremony would be interpreted to many as her support for Donald Trump. But according to information received by TMZ, that wasn’t the main reason the “Dreamgirls” star was forced to suddenly pull the plug on the inaugural event.
According to TMZ, Holliday was forced withdraw from the Trump inauguration concert performance lineup mainly because she received a number of disturbing messages from certain unidentified groups of people who threatened to kill her and members of her family if she went ahead and participated in the inauguration concert. And fearing for the safety of her family, she decided the best thing she could do was to back out from performing at the inaugural concert.
Holliday, who began her career on Broadway, first gained stardom appearing in such musicals as the Dreamgirls musicals before going on to achieve worldwide fame as a recording artist with such hits as Dreamgirls and And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, which earned her a Grammy Award.
It is worth noting that several other famous entertainers declined to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration concert after being approached by Trump’s team to perform at the ceremony. Some of these notable artists include Celine Dion, Elton John, Charlotte Church and Moby.