Rebecca Ferguson has turned down the chance to play Donald Trump's Presidential inauguration.
The British singer was contacted by those close to the politician, who invited her to perform at the President-elect's inauguration.
Instead, she demanded to sing 'Strange Fruit' – that poetic tale of Southern lynchings and racial suppresion, one that still carries a remarkable potency.
'Strange Fruit' contains the lyrics: "Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze / Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees…"
In a statement on Twitter, Rebecca Ferguson wrote:
I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing Strange Fruit, a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. A song that speaks to all the disregarded and downtrodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X
It's not the first time Rebecca Ferguson has used music to get her point across – The X Factor winner delivered a powerhouse version of Sam Cooke's civil rights anthem 'A Change Is Gonna Come' live on British TV.