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Sorry, Kanye: Trump's Inauguration Singer Pick Is A 16-Year-Old Girl

There's been a lot of speculation about who would perform for Donald Trump at his inauguration in January.

Trump has finally selected someone, and, sorry to disappoint you — it's not Kanye West.

In fact, there's a good chance you've never even heard of Trump's inauguration singer, a 16-year-old Pittsburgh native named Jackie Evancho.

Evancho has done some pretty amazing things in her career so far, but she isn't a household name quite yet.

Her inauguration performance could potentially change that.

She's following in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin and Beyoncé, who sang at the first and second inaugurations of President Obama.

Evancho will also reportedly sing alongside Andrea Bocelli.

The young singer first hit the music scene at the age of 10, when she placed runner-up on the fifth season of America's Got Talent, according to Refinery 29.


Around that time, she actually met Trump at Mar-a-lago, which was captured in a photo Evancho posted on Facebook.


Evancho also met President Obama back in 2010 when she sang at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony 2010.

REUTERS

If you look closely at the picture above, you can see Evancho standing behind Obama (on the right).


Apparently, Evancho is an opera singer (she's got some pipes). Here she is singing “God Bless America.”

Sounds like Evancho was a good choice.

She can definitely sing, that's for sure.

Still, it's somewhat disappointing we won't get to hear Kanye rap, “No one man should have all that power,” at the inauguration. It would've been so appropriate.

On Wednesday, she appeared on the “Today Show” to announce the president-elect asked her to sing.

She told the anchors,

I'm so excited. It's going to be awesome.

This young lady isn't even old enough to vote, and by the end of January, she will have performed for two US presidents. She's definitely leading quite a life.

Thanks for making us feel like underachievers, Jackie Evancho!

Just kidding. Congrats to this very talented young woman. The future definitely seems very bright for Ms. Evancho.

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Citations: Today, Refinery29

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John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.
John Haltiwanger is the Senior Politics Writer at Elite Daily. He was born and raised in DC. John earned an MSc in International Relations from the Univ. Of Glasgow and a BA in History from St. Mary's College of MD. He loves life, and burritos.

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