Chance The Rapper joined President Barack Obama for a chorus of the Christmas song ‘Jingle Bells’ at last night’s (December 1) National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House.
The ceremony in Washington D.C. last night marked the final time that President Obama would oversee the long tradition, which dates back to Calvin Coolidge’s presidency in 1923.
The Chicago rapper was invited by the current President to perform at the ceremony, along with the likes of Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor and The Lumineers. Actress Eva Longoria and US Olympic athlete Simone Manuel were also present.
As the ceremony drew to a close, President Obama led Chance and his special guests – as well as Father Christmas – in a rendition of the holiday favourite ‘Jingle Bells’ – watch footage of the jolly performance below.
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Chance took to the stage prior to the chorus to perform cuts from his latest mixtape, ‘Coloring Book’, with his band The Social Experiment (which includes trumpet player Nico Segal, who until the result of last month’s election went by the name ‘Donnie Trumpet’).
As The Fader points out, during Chance’s performance of the song ‘Sunday Candy’ President Obama’s daughter Sasha was shown on camera both singing and rapping along to the words. See clips of that moment below.
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Sasha Obama just lip-synced to Chance the Rapper at the National Christmas Tree Lighting pic.twitter.com/yDlubgAZK9
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Last night’s ceremony marks Chance’s second visit to the White House in two months, after the rapper took his father – who used to work as a campaign manager for the now-President – to the White House State Dinner back in October.