Trace Adkins, country music star and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant, performed the national anthem at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.
Adkins performed the anthem at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD. It was a patriotic location since the historical landmark was where Americans held off a British naval attack during the War of 1812. Also, it was the site at which Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump joined Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence onstage during Adkins’ performance. The four left the stage to mingle with the crowd after Adkins finished singing the anthem.
Adkins has sold over 11 million records, and taken many roles in movies and TV shows. He earned second place on the “Celebrity Apprentice” during its 2008 season which Trump hosted, and later won its 2013 season.
Adkins is a longtime supporter of the Republican Party, and also performed at the GOP’s 2012 convention. In 2015, he also performed the national anthem at Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s second inauguration.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated live entertainment around the country, both political parties adapted. The performances and speeches were adjusted to allow them to continue during their conventions. Additionally, both the DNC and RNC this year have featured several musical performances and guest speakers.
Artists including Billie Eilish, Common, and John Legend performed at the Democratic convention last week. Similarly, celebrity guest speakers like Scott Baio of “Happy Days” and Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” joined the likes of Adkins in support of the Republican convention.
Fans of Trace Adkins Show Their Support
Many of Trace Adkins’ fans took to Twitter to compliment his national anthem performance at the RNC. They loved his rendition of “The Star-Bangled Banner.”
[H/T The Hill]