Jackie Evancho certainly doesn’t have the name recognition that pop icon Beyoncé enjoys, but next month she can add performing at the presidential inauguration to her résumé.
Before singing “Little Drummer Boy” with the Italian trio Il Volo on NBC’s “Today” Wednesday morning, Evancho announced that she will be performing the national anthem during the Jan. 20 ceremony to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
“I was very nervous,” the 16-year-old singer said when she first received the call from Trump. “But you know what, I’m really excited. I’m so honored, and I can’t wait to see what happens.”
Next month’s performance in Washington, D.C., will not be the first time Evancho, who rose to prominence when she was named runner-up of “America’s Got Talent” in 2010 at just 10 years old, has performed in front of a president.
Her previous gigs include a 2010 performance of “O Holy Night” for President Barack Obama at the National Christmas Tree lighting, and in 2012, she performed again for the outgoing commander in chief during the National Prayer Breakfast.
Evancho will join a small club of singers who have had the honor of singing for the inauguration of the president. At Obama’s 2008 swearing in, R&B legend Aretha Franklin sang the national anthem and, in 2012, Beyoncé performed at the ceremony.
The young singer has met Trump once before. Shortly after her successful stint on “America’s Got Talent,” she met the billionaire businessman at his lavish Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.