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Diana Pearl
January 20, 2017 12:44 PM

After weeks of controversy over who would — and more frequently who would not — perform at now-President Donald Trump‘s inauguration, two acts have officially fulfilled their duties.

The first was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, clad in plaid scarves, who performed a rendition of “America the Beautiful” in between Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s oaths of office.

Closing out the swearing-in ceremony was Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old singer and America’s Got Talent star, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the Capitol steps. Though she appeared nervous, she sang the national anthem accompanied by the United States Marine Band after a series of readings and Trump’s inaugural address.

Evancho was one of the first performers announced for Trump’s inauguration, which didn’t come without controversy.

“[There was] a lot of conversation between my family because there would be a lot of backlash. We knew that,” Evancho told Fox & Friends. “In the end, this is an honor for me to sing for my country, and that’s all it is. There’s no politics involved for me.”

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Despite the backlash, Evancho says that her album sales and social media following have increased since the announcement was made.

“It has helped increase [my] sales and social media, which is great,” she said. “I’m getting new fans. I may be losing some, but the ones that I’m gaining I’m really happy about it.”

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There was also controversy in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: choir member Jan Chamberlin quit over the gig.

“Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony,” she writes. “I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul.”

Though Chamberlin quit, a representative for the choir told the Salt Lake Star Tribune that members did not have to participate in the inauguration.

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