Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day is only a few weeks away and people are wondering: who will perform at the inauguration? The events will begin on January 19, with the Donald Trump inauguration performers slowly being confirmed.
Donald Trump’s inauguration performers list is void of A-listers. During the race to win the White House, artists like Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Madonna, Elizabeth Banks, Meryl Streep, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, and more showed support for Hillary Clinton. Trump struggled to gain support from Hollywood’s finest, so this news does not come as a surprise to industry followers. During the entire political race, celebrities took to social media to share their support for Clinton using the tag “#imwithher.” But one way or another, the show must go on…so people are wondering who will be performing? While the list is not likely complete, here’s what is known so far.
In a December interview with the Today show, 16-year-old former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho confirmed she will sing the national anthem at the inauguration. This makes her the only contemporary name among Trump’s performers so far. “I’m so excited,” she told the anchors. “It’s going to be awesome.” Shortly after she rose to fame as a 10-year-old on the popular talent show broadcast, she met Trump. The young star previously sang for President Barack Obama and his family in 2010 at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in front of the White House. Once again, she will be performing for the new president and she told Today she felt “honored.” Evancho is the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum and her talent has already inspired many across the world. It will be exciting to see the young star shine at the inauguration!
The Radio City Rockettes
On Tuesday, the Radio City Rockettes began to make headlines as news surfaced that they were told to “tolerate intolerance” with their performance at Trump’s inauguration. According to Rolling Stone, Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan told the dancers in a private meeting, “I would simply say: we’re celebrating a new president, not necessarily this president.” The executive of the company that owns the Rockettes strongly expressed that it was an honor to perform at any presidential inauguration and continued, “I don’t believe it’s going to hurt the brand. And nobody is more concerned about that than the guy sitting in this chair… A good portion of people voted for this person. Hopefully they will like our brand.” While the people involved in the meeting thought the conversation was private, one dancer secretly recorded it and released it to the public, causing a lot of negative media attention and social media commentary about the group.
The dancers were also reportedly informed that the performance was mandatory, which upset one particular Rockette, Phoebe Pearl, who took to Instagram to express her frustration. “Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed. The women I work with are intelligent and are full of love and the decision of performing for a man that stands for everything we’re against is appalling.” Her account has since been made private.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
On December 22, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir confirmed on their site that they would be singing at the ceremony. Ron Jarrett, president of the MTC, said, “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has a great tradition of performing at the inaugurals of U.S. presidents. Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president.”
The Missouri State University Chorale
It was announced in October that the 50 young men and women from the Missouri State University Chorale would be performing for whomever would be sworn in as president in January. At that time, Senator Roy Blunt, chairman of the JCCIC, expressed his pride in the decision and added, “I have no doubt that the millions of Americans watching the ceremony will be as impressed with these incredibly talented students as all of us who have had the opportunity to hear them perform.”
No Confirmed Performances from A-Listers
While several celebrities were penciled in for Trump’s inauguration, many of them respectfully declined or did not respond. Some of these artists include Elton John, Garth Brooks, Justin Timberlake, David Foster, Bruno Mars, and Gene Simmons. As the disappointing Donald Trump news regarding the inauguration performances began to make headlines, Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s Counselor to the President, told Good Morning America that the performers have been lined up but will not be released as yet. “I can tell you that this is not the Academy Awards. It’s the inauguration for the people, the way that it’s been the election for the people.” The president-elect took to Twitter to say he didn’t need Hollywood’s elite:
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
According to Rolling Stone, however, top music managers claimed the president elect’s team has been hustling to sign on A-list talent as Donald Trump’s inauguration performers, and received calls from his team that sounded “a little bit desperate.” Even celebrities who support Trump were allegedly hesitant to accept, as music manager Ken Levitan told the magazine. “Even if you’re a Trump supporter, you’ve got to look at how he plays the media [and] the public, in terms of how he attacks and twists things around. I’ve got to think there’s a fear of talking about things and working with him… [They] just don’t want to be involved in the circus — it’s a media circus, and not necessarily in a good way.”