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Former 'Celebrity Apprentice' star Trace Adkins sings at GOP convention

Former 'Celebrity Apprentice' star Trace Adkins sings at GOP convention
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Country star and former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Trace Adkins performed the national anthem at the Republican National Convention Wednesday evening.

The singer performed the anthem at Fort McHenry, Md., the site at which Francis Scott Key wrote the words during the War of 1812 as the fort held off a British naval attack. President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden Fox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie MORE joined Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePences announce birth of first grandchild Can a common bond of service unite our nation? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - House boots Greene from committees; Senate plows ahead on budget MORE onstage for the performance. The four left the stage to mingle with the crowd following the anthem.

Adkins was a runner-up on the Trump-hosted show’s 2008 season, later winning its 2013 season. Adkins has been a longtime, vocal supporter of the GOP and performed at the party's 2012 convention. He also performed the anthem at then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) second inauguration in 2015.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has complicated live entertainment at both conventions, the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention this year have both featured several musical performances. Artists who performed at the Democratic convention last week included Billie Eilish and the Chicks.