With only one more day until Donald Trump’s inauguration, R&B singer Chrisette Michele has announced she will perform during the festivities.
According to the New York Daily News, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter inked the deal about a week ago, but decided to keep her involvement "a big secret" because she feared potential backlash. Michele’s team reportedly became concerned following the wave of criticism singer Jennifer Holliday faced after she was listed as an inauguration performer. (Holliday, a black singer and actress, has since backed out of the gig.)
But as we all know, money talks.
Chrisette took to Twitter early this morning to defend her decision to perform stating:
"My heart is broken for our country, for the hopes of our children, for the fights of those who came before us. I cry at the thought that Black History, American History might be in vain. This country has had great moments. God has shined His light upon us. Today, I hope that Great Moments begin in peaceful & progressive conversation. I am willing to be a bridge. I don't mind "These Stones", if they allow me to be a voice for the voiceless. I am here. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about what matters,". I am here, representing you, because this is what matters."
It would've been a lot easier to just say they offered her money she couldn't refuse.