The Piano Guys are saying their decision to perform at an event marking the presidential inauguration Donald Trump is not a political endorsement.
The Utah-based group, which first found fame on YouTube, is among the few acts to agree to play for the Republican's inaugural celebration.
Numerous musicians have said they turned down fers or changed their minds after initially accepting. Jennifer Holliday was among those who backed away, citing intense criticism from the LGBT community. Others expected to play include the country stars Lee Greenwood and Toby Keith.
Trump will be sworn in Friday.
In a statement issued Monday, the Piano Guys said they weren't honoring an individual politician but hoping to spread "love, joy and hope." They added that they hoped "understanding" and "goodwill" would prevail.
Read the message in full:
Our desire as The Piano Guys has always been to spread hope, love and joy through our music and videos. We accepted the invitation to perform at the Inauguration with this objective in mind. We would have been honored at the opportunity no matter who was being sworn in.
We, too, are distraught over how divisive this chapter in our nation’s politics has been, but we have hope for the future! As the pendulum politics swings one way or another, let us all pray for understanding and for goodwill to win in the end.
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