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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 John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Early in-person voting kicks off in Florida | Biden lays low to prep for debate | Trump rips Fauci on call with campaign staff Melania Trump to appear at Pennsylvania rally Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event MORE joined Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceTrump returns to campaign trail after COVID-19 diagnosis Karen Pence's office defends her appearing without a mask at debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Campaigns react to virtual debate announcement 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.