Contention Over Trump’s Inauguration Performers


With Jan. 20 fast approaching, President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington D.C. is becoming an increasingly common discussion topic. Considering his controversial standings since even before announcing his candidacy in 2015, several performers have declined to perform at Trump’s inauguration.

“We have the greatest celebrity in the world, which is the President-elect,” Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Thomas Barrack said.

Contrary to the expectation one would have for a Presidential Inauguration, very few people are lining up to perform at the 58th one. There have been more big-name celebrities publicly declining to perform than agreeing. The list is long, including singers Rebecca Ferguson, David Foster and Idina Menzel. Menzel retorted that Trump should perform himself.

“He probably thinks he has a great voice,” Menzel said. “He thinks he does everything great.”

Despite many missing A-listers, there is a lineup of people who are willing to perform. On Jan. 19, Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down will perform at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration Concert.” As for the day, the lineup entails previous America’s Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho, the Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Some of the performers generated some sort of dispute. The 13 full-time Rockettes were initially contractually obligated to perform at the inauguration, but were given the ability to opt out after backlash from the dancers and social media. The Salt Lake City-based Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s member Jan Chamberlain dropped out and likened Trump to Adolf Hitler. However, despite the negative atmosphere surrounding the inauguration, Evancho and many others remain optimistic.

“I’m so excited,” Evancho said. “It’s going to be awesome.”

Trump will be sworn in at noon on Jan. 20.

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