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It turns out Donald Trump may in fact get to see Kendrick Lamar's halftime performance—or at least part of it, should he attend Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship game in Atlanta.
USA Today on Wednesday reported Trump is planning to attend the showdown between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia, citing two sources with knowledge of Trump's plans. That led to speculation about whether the White House occupant would get to witness the Grammy-winning rapper's halftime show.
As we reported last month, Lamar's halftime performance—the first-ever halftime gig for the CFP finale—will actually take place at Centennial Olympic Park, which is a few blocks away from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the game itself will be held.
In an email to Variance, a spokesperson for ESPN confirmed that, while university bands will perform inside the arena during halftime, some of Lamar's performance will be broadcasted on screens for those attending the football game.
"A part of it will be shown inside but not in full and not the length that is shown at home," the rep said via email, noting fans inside could watch the full performance "on the ESPN app."
Trump drew fire last year when he called NFL players kneeling during the national anthem "sons of bitches," insisting they should lose their jobs. Should he attend the championship game in Georgia, it would also be his first visit to region since he endorsed alleged child molester Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate Race. Moore ultimately lost to Democrat Doug Jones.
Lamar has been candid about his displeasure with Trump, taking him to task lyrically in songs such as "The Heart Part 4" and "XXX." Following last month's halftime announcement, Lamar said it was "truly an honor" to have the opportunity to perform.
The CFP National Championship game airs this Monday, Jan. 8, starting at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN.