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Big & Rich To Perform At Inaugural Gala

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Country duo Big & Rich will perform at a Washington, D.C. gala during the week of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

On Tuesday, the Republican Party of New York and Great America Alliance announced that the duo will be in the nation’s capital to headline a show on Thursday, Jan. 19 at an inaugural-week gala, according to the Washington Examiner(RELATED: Trump: Celebrities Did Nothing For Hillary, ‘I Want The People’ At My Inauguration)

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 09: Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich perform at CBS RADIO’s second annual Stars and Strings concert at The Chicago Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

“We’re thrilled to be performing in our nation’s capital during this historic moment in time,” John Rich, of Big & Rich, said. “A presidential inauguration is a uniquely American event, so we are honored to be a part of it and hope to help make it a memorable event.” (RELATED: DC Metro’s Inauguration Day Card Omits Any Mention Of Trump)

Rich was also on season 11 of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” when Trump was the host. He won that season.

The gala takes place the night before the inauguration. It is unknown whether or not the president-elect plans to attend the event.

According to the report, former mayor of New York City Rudy Guiliani and actor Jon Voight are expected to appear at the gala.

“We are proud to have been a part of this extraordinary movement and excited to be partnering with Republican Party in the president-elect’s home state of New York,” Eric Beach, co-chairman of Great America Alliance said in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating with the many people that contributed to his historic victory.”

The Radio City Hall Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are scheduled to perform at the actual inauguration.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Members of the 'Radio City Rockettes' rehearse before their annual 'Christmas in August' event outside of Radio City Music Hall on 6th Avenue, August 23, 2016 in New York City. The Rockettes performed 'Sleigh Ride' in the street while traffic was stopped on 6th Avenue. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Andrea Bocelli recently backed out of performing at the ceremony amid backlash from his fans. Country singer Garth Brooks has also declined to perform over negative pressure from fans, another report claims.

Honoree Andrea Bocelli performs during the 19th annual Keep Memory Alive 'Power of Love Gala' benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health honoring Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Bocelli at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 13, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

“They both bowed to the pressure,” one source said. “Their phones were blowing up, and they decided it just wasn’t worth it.”