John Legend used his appearance at the White House to make a political point.
The singer, who was in Washington for a Motown celebration, gave his opinions on arts funding during a pre-concert press conference.
"People fought to give me - a millionaire - a tax cut this year," he said. "I didn't need it. And all the other millionaires didn't need it either."
The singer said he'd benefited from cultural organizations such as community choirs and arts councils in earlier years, which often suffer when budgets get trimmed.
"I hope our politicians will not think that they are expendable and they can just get rid of them and nobody will feel the pain," he said. "Because I think society will feel the pain."
He added: "I'm really frustrated with some of the discourse that's coming out of Washington."