Celebrities return to the White House after refusing to appear with Trump

This Tuesday, the White House announced that Elton John will perform on Friday at a concert called, “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme”, a reference to a poem by Irishman Seamus Heaney that Biden often quotes in his speeches.

The British singer’s performance is part of a collaboration with A+E Networks and the History Channel, which “will celebrate the unifying and healing power of musicwill celebrate the life and work of Sir Elton John and honor the everyday story-makers in the audience,” the White House said in a statement.

Concert guests will include teachers, medical professionals, students, LGBTQ+ community advocates, and others.

Donald Trump left and celebrities returned to the White House

Elton John, among many other celebrities, refused to appear at the White House during the administration of former President Trumpincluding an invitation to play at Trump’s inauguration, saying he didn’t think it was appropriate for someone of British descent to play at the swearing-in of an American president.

Previously, Trump had paid high praise for John in some of his books, as well as playing some of his songs at his presidential campaign rallies, including “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer.”

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However, since President Joe Biden took office, the White House has been opened up to various artists, such as Olivia Rodrigo and the Jonas Brothers to talk about youth and COVID-19 vaccines, as well as to btswho spoke about Asian inclusion and representation.

Also, last year, Biden resumed tradition of hosting an in-person White House reception for artists receiving Kennedy Center Honors. Meanwhile, actress Jennifer Garner accompanied first lady Jill Biden to West Virginia last year to visit a COVID-19 vaccination site at a school in Charleston. Garner also hosted a PBS special to celebrate the holidays at the White House, according to Associated Press.

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