It is usually a huge honor to be invited to perform at a president’s inauguration. However, it seems as if President-elect Trump’s inauguration is proving to be too controversial of a gig. In fact, several big names in the music industry have been asked to play at the event and many of them turned it down. So, who is giving the ultimate diss to the President-elect?
According to Fox News, here are the acts that have turned down the gig publicly… so far.
- KISS: The band “politely declined” an invite, saying they’ll be touring Europe.
- Celine Dion: Friend of Trump and hotel magnate Steve Wynn promised the president-elect he could deliver the French-Canadian chanteuse for the inauguration. He failed. She remains booked for the inauguration dates at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas.
- Elton John: He very publicly denied his involvement after a member of Trump’s transition team told the BBC he’d be singing “a song or two.”
- Andrea Bocelli: The blind Italian tenor had supposedly offered his services and was booked, but backed out following fan outrage.
- Vince Neil: The singer for Mötley Crüe told Billboard he’d been recruited to play, but had been uninvited by the Trump camp.
- Garth Brooks: After initially saying he’d be honoured to perform at the inauguration, saying “It’s always about serving. It’s what you do,” the country star has reportedly turned down the offer.
Not everyone in the music industry is against the president. We’ve seen support from Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, Paris Hilton and Kanye West. For some reason, these names have not been tapped to perform, yet. Oh no, do we really want Kanye anywhere near the White House?
There has also been a strange rumor going around that the event organizers are offering a bizarre ambassadorships to those that can book big names, such as Justin Timberlake or Katy Perry. However, we just don’t see how that would work out…
Of course, in true Donald Trump fashion, the president-elect posted his thoughts on the matter on Twitter. On Twitter, his favorite mode of communication, he stated he didn’t care about the big names, he only wanted to showcase the people.
The so-called "A" list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
Obviously, this means many of the A-listers will not be performing. So, who will be entertaining the crowd at the upcoming presidential inauguration? Don’t get too excited. It definitely won’t be a can’t be missed act. Right now, the event’s lineup includes Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 16-year-old America’s Got Talent alum Jackie Evancho and the Radio City Rockettes. There is also rumor that the Beach Boys are debating about performing.