At his pre-inauguration concert, Donald Trump pledged to unite America after a divisive election
The two-hour event – dubbed the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration – took place at Washington's Lincoln Memorial, where country stars Lee Greenwood and Toby Keith and rock band 3 Doors Down were among the headline acts.
President-elect Mr Trump had reportedly struggled to attract famous names to take part in the concert, while Broadway star Jennifer Holliday pulled out of the gig citing concerns raised by fans from the LGBT community.
Addressing the crowd, President-elect Trump said: "We're going to unify our country. We're going to make American great for all our people.
We're going to unify our country. We're going to make American great for all our people.
"On the campaign I called it 'the forgotten man and the forgotten woman'. You're not forgotten any more.
"We're going to do things that haven't been done for our country for many, many decades. It's going to change."
After forecasters predicted rain in Washington DC this afternoon, President-elect Trump added: "I don't care frankly if it's going to be beautiful or if it's going to rain like crazy. It makes no difference to me.
Trump held the concert by the Lincoln memorial in Washington
"I have a feeling it's going to be beautiful."
Actor Jon Voight told the crowd that "God answered all our prayers" when Mr Trump won the US election.
He said: "We have all been witness to a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if God could reverse all the negative lies against Mr Trump whose only desire was to make America great again.
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"President Lincoln, who sits here with us, I'm sure is smiling knowing America will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or colour."
While Trump spoke in Washington, celebrities held protest rallies in New York outside his hotels
Many Trump supporters watching the concert wore hats and T-shirts featuring the tycoon's slogans and anti-Hillary Clinton messages.
Brothers Paul and Donald Brown from New York wore shirts displaying the phrases "Donald Trumps Hillary" and "The Witch Is Dead" as they watched the concert.
Paul, 58, said: "The response to the T-shirts has been positive.
Many Trump supporters carried memorabilia, wearing t-shirts and caps bearing Trump slogans
"I think it will offend some but it echoes the sentiment of the American people.
"The American people were fed up with the political establishment and wanted it to change."
Ron Coughlin and Karen Jones, from New Jersey, were among those watching the concert on a big screen close to the Lincoln Memorial.
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Mr Coughlin said he believed demonstrators who planned to take part in protests on Friday were "ignorant".
"Trump has done more since the election than Obama achieved in eight years," he said.
Asked why she wanted to attend, Miss Jones replied: "We want to see our president."
Meanwhile, Robert Dreyfus was joined at the concert by his sons Steve, 25, and David, 22.
Lots of those who attended had a positive outlook on Trump's presidency
"We're from New York so we've seen a lot of the work [President-elect Trump] has done," he said.
"I hope he cuts back on capital gains tax.
"My insurance premiums have gone crazy. I'm optimistic."
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence laid wreaths at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.