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Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood to Perform at Trump Inauguration Concert

“I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” Keith said in response to the backlash he's facing. 

Written by Lauren Laffer
Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood to Perform at Trump Inauguration Concert
Toby Keith; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for ACM

In less than a week, the United States will see its 45th President sworn in when president-elect Donald Trump officially takes office on January 20. During the three-day inauguration festivities leading up to Trump’s first day as president, Washington D.C. will host several events, including the annual inauguration concert.

Recently, the Inaugural Committee revealed that Toby Keith and 00’s rock band 3 Doors Down are among the artists slated to perform during the “‘Make America Great Again!’ Welcome Celebration” on January 19.

After the news of his performance was announced, Keith faced quite a bit of backlash via social media, but the Oklahoma native says he is not going to say sorry for his decision to perform at the event.

“I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” Keith said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”

Also taking the stage will be Lee Greenwood, who has also previously performed at a number of inaugural events, including those for President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush.

“I’m honored to be part of history again and sing for President-elect Donald Trump. 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 said in a press release.

The star power doesn’t end there, as Jon Voigt, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters out of Hollywood, will also attend the historic event. 3 Doors Down also revealed in an Instagram post that Larry Stewart (“Restless Heart“), Marty Roe (“Diamond Rio“), DJ Ravidrums, The Piano Guys, and Tim Rushlow (“Little Texas”) will also attend.

Several other country stars will take part in additional inauguration events, Billboard reports. Darryl Worley will perform at the Great American Inaugural Ball, Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts at the Veterans Inaugural Ball Salute to Heroes and Larry Gatlin at the Black Tie & Boots 2017 Inaugural Ball.

To learn more about the 2017 Inaugural events, visit inaugural.senate.gov.