Rebecca Ferguson has confirmed that she will not be performing at President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next week.
Donald Trump’s inauguration where he will be inaugurated as the President of the United States will take place next Friday (January 20), but the British singer will no longer be performing due to “grey areas” that she is “unable to share right now’.
Ferguson, who appeared on The X Factor hit the headlines a couple of weeks ago when she confirmed herself that she had been personally invited to perform at the Inauguration ceremony. However, she tipped the invite on its head when she said that she would only perform if she could sing Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’.
We imagine it’s the song choice – with ‘Strange Fruit’ being a protest song symbolising the brutality and racism of the practice of lynching in America’s South – being one of the “grey areas” – that has added to the certain “grey areas”.
In a statement, Ferguson said: “Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week. I wasn’t comfortable with the song choice made on my behalf, and although I am very blessed to have a gift that gives me amazing opportunities, as a mother and an artist, I had to defend my stance.
“That it why I made the decision to sing ‘Strange Fruit’ when I was invited. I requested to sing ‘Strange Fruit’ as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artist integrity and also as somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the [Black Lives Matter] movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect”.
She went on to add: “There are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform that I’m unable to share right now, but I will not be singing. However, I genuinely wish your nation nothing but love”.