A publicist for the the "Dreamgirls" diva said in a statement Saturday that Holliday, who was slated to sing at the ceremony on Friday, changed her tune after the inauguration committee pre-emptively announced her appearance before she decided to perform. The statement also cited outcry from fans and people in the LGBT community who expressed disappointment at her participation.
"It was presented to her as a concert that would heal the wounds of the election season. She was asked to perform 'Hard Times Come No More,' originally recorded by Bob Dylan. The inaugural committee released the information before she officially made a decision," Holliday's publicist, Bill Carpenter, said in a statement.
"Her rep also says that upon the (announcement), Holliday started getting letters from fans that they were disappointed. The LGBTQ community, amongst others, were some that were most upset. In the past, her rep Bill Carpenter explains that she performed for Pres. Reagan, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, and (Bill) Clinton, but when Jennifer saw the outcry, she pulled out of the inauguration."
Perhaps Trump supporter Ted Nugent will sing 'Hard Times Come No More' instead after smearing his body with feces.