Martin Criticized for Inauguration Plans

ByABC News

Jan. 12, 2001 -- With George W. Bush moving into the White House, politicians aren't the only ones struggling with the decision to stick to their guns or reach across party lines: Pop stars are making the same choices.

Ricky Martin — who has never said who he voted for, or even if he voted — did advocate a revote in Florida following the state's electoral confusion. Apparently, even though he never got his wish, he has embraced the results: The singer announced earlier this week that he would perform Jan. 18 at an inaugural bash at Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial.

"I am honored to be a part of the first inaugural celebration of the 21st century," Martin said in a statement.

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Robi Draco Rosa, who wrote "Cup of Life," the song that Martin will perform, sees it a different way.

"Singing 'Cup of Life' at George Bush's inauguration is like playing the fiddle while Rome burns," he said in a statement released today.

"This is a very partisan act. This is a president who would have people in his Cabinet who would obstruct the exercise of civil rights, human rights, consumer rights, the right to choose, the right to be free of gun violence, and the right to a clean environment. This is a betrayal of everything that every Puerto Rican should stand for."

Rosa has received several Grammy nominations for his work with Martin. In addition to "Cup of Life," he penned and produced the smash hit "Livin' la Vida Loca."

He also worked as a producer on Martin's latest LP, Sound Loaded, though he did not say whether Martin's decision to perform would affect their artistic relationship.

Bush's team had some trouble finding musical support during his campaign, with stars such as Sting and Tom Petty asking that their music not be used.

However, it's had more luck recently and has lined up acts such as ZZ Top, Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, Destiny's Child, and Martin to perform during the week of his inauguration. Bush will be sworn in Jan. 20.

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