The Full List of Artists Who Won’t Perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration

I.A. Melton | Culturess -- 

It’s not surprising President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration team can’t find A-List music acts for the ceremony. What’s amazing is the people he asked.

Almost immediately after the election last November President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration team has worked tirelessly attempting to find anyone with an ounce of star power to play at the ceremonies. With Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., time is running out, and he still has no one. What’s surprising are the people he has the audacity to ask.

Andrea Bocelli

The Italian classical singer name was one of the first names mentioned as an inauguration performer. PEOPLE reported he was slated to sing a duet with America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho, who has confirmed she will sing the national anthem. She states it’s not political and that she has the support of her transgender sister Juliet Evancho. Bocelli has pulled out after a public backlash.

Elton John

Donald Trump is a big fan of Elton John’s music. He’s even gone as far as to play like “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man” repeatedly at his rallies. Despite reports from the Trump camp Elton John would play at the inauguration, it was quickly shot down by his rep. One should also note that John was a very vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Céline Dion

Long time friend of Trump, Steve Wynn was apparently was suppose to lockdown Celine Dion for the inauguration but could not deliver. For Wynn’s part, his spokesman states he wasn’t asked to help book particular performers but why wouldn’t you ask her seeing as she is the biggest A-list start playing at your hotel.

Kanye West

After Donald Trump won the election, he actually took a meeting with Kanye West. We don’t know what exactly what was said in the meeting, but I wouldn’t doubt Trump made the pitch for West to play at the inauguration.

Garth Brooks

The country superstar, Garth Brooks looked to be interested in playing the event but had second thoughts. He formally pulled out two weeks later.

Rebecca Ferguson

The British X-Factor songstress seemed ready to perform at Trump’s inauguration, but the deal began to unravel when she insisted on singing the politically charged song “Strange Fruit.” If you’re not familiar with the song you can hear it here.

David Foster

The award-winning music hitmaker was reported to have a significant role in the inauguration recruiting musicians to play the event. Foster quickly distances himself from the report. In an exclusive interview with People, he stated, “I was invited to participate and I politely declined.”

Charlotte Church

The Welsh singer-songwriter gave one of the most direct responses to Trump’s invitation to play at the inauguration. She took to Twitter and sent her message directly to Donald Trump. It stated “Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye.” She ended her message with four poop emojis.


Gene Simmons’ wife Shannon Tweed was approached by TMZ and asked if KISS would play at the inauguration. She gave an emphatic “NO” and said the group declined the invitation. She also stated the group would be touring in Europe and wouldn’t have been available.


It would only take someone to look at Moby’s Instagram to know how he feels about Donald Trump. It’s not great, but someone thought he might still be interested in playing the inauguration. Moby for his credit took toInstagram to say he would do it if Trump released his tax returns. I guess that was a hard pass from Trump.

Rockettes/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer Jan Chamberlin resigned from the group rather than sing for Trump. Initially, The Rockettes management made it a requirement for all of its members to perform but a have since backed away from the demand after a dancers social media post went viral.

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