Recording artist Lee Greenwood, a country singer perhaps best known for his patriotic hit “God Bless the U.S.A.,” will perform during President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration celebrations. Greenwood will sing at the “‘Make America Great Again!’ Welcome Celebration” on January19, the day before the swearing in of the president-elect.
Country crooner Toby Keith, southern rock band 3 Doors Down, and singer Jennifer Holliday are also to be featured at the pre-inauguration songfest, according to the Inaugural Committee. Other entertainers who will reportedly perform are the teenaged Jackie Evancho, Big & Rich, and Cowboy Troy.
Greenwood has song at four previous presidential inaugurations: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. A statement quoted Greenwood:
“I’m honored to be part of history again and sing for President-elect Donald Trump,” Greenwood said in a statement. “This is a time to overcome challenges in our country and band together. My wife Kim and I are looking forward to the inauguration ceremonies.”
Greenwood won a Grammy award for his 1985 hit “I.O.U.” He has recorded 22 studio albums throughout his lengthy career and has been granted numerous country music awards.
His “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been in the top five on the country singles charts in 1991, 2001, and 2003. Greenwood’s song is the only one of any genre that has achieved the distinction. Following the 9/11 attacks, it also reached No. 1 status on the pop charts. In October 2001, he sang his signature song at home plate in Yankee Stadium.