These Artistes Declined The Invitation To Perform At Donald Trump’s Inauguration


It’s two days to the much-anticipated inauguration of the president-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump, and some entertainers do not give a hoot about it.

The soon to be 45th President of the United States has had so many disapprovals from different groups and to crown the hate, several world musicians who were invited to perform at his inauguration has declined.

It has been a great concern for Donald’s team struggling with booking these performers, both A-list and B-list.

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Most of the entertainers declined not just because of their personal reasons but also for the sake of their fans and the groups their represent.

Although Ne-Yo, Jackie Evancho, The Piano Guys, DJ Ravidrums, Jon Voight and others do not mind  Performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration, these ones said no to Donald Trump and his team.

Céline Dion


According to the Wrap, a popular Las Vegas hotelier and Trump supporter, Steve Wynn initially promised Donald Trump that he would help book Céline Dion for the inauguration. Sources say the ‘I’m Alive’ singer isn’t interested in attending or performing at the ceremony.

Elton John

 Elton John

In November 2016, Trump spokesperson Anthony Scaramucci told the BBC that Sir Elton John would be performing at the inauguration, which Anthony interpreted as Trumps supports LGBTQ rights. Well, Elton’s publicist said the singer will not be performing.

Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday

In an open letter on the Wrap, Holliday says she initially thought performing at the inauguration would be part of her tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird.” However, after much backlash from her LGBTQ fan base, she backed out of the agreement. In her words, the LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing her career and she is deeply indebted to them.

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

There has been a lil controversy as to the status of Trump’s transaction with Andrea. Either Trump didn’t endorse Andrea to perform or Andrea backed out after his fans threatened to boycott.

According to the representative of the beach boys, no decision has been announced two days to the ceremony, so obviously, Andrea is not performing.



The wife of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, told TMZ that Trump’s team approached KISS about performing at the inauguration. They had a scheduling conflict and the transaction failed at a point.

David Foster

David Foster

Sixteen-time Grammy winner, says that when Trump’s team approached him about performing, he “politely and respectfully declined.” An anonymous source told the Washington Post that Foster would have liked to perform, but he changed his mind because of the Clinton supporters who regularly donate to his charity, the David Foster Foundation.

Vince Neil

Garth Brooks

Vince Neil, best known as the lead singer for Mötley Crüe, told Billboard on November 18 that he had been booked to perform at the inauguration two months before, “no matter who won.” On November 19, he told TMZ that he’d just been disinvited.

“I guess there is more politics in bands playing than I thought there was,” he said. “I asked my guys, and they said once Trump won, it was all politics. I don’t know who’s playing Trump’s party, but God bless them.”

Garth Brooks


Garth Brooks says Wynn definitely approached him about performing at the inauguration. In sharing that news on Facebook, Brooks announced that he is “praying” for Trump, but says a scheduling conflict kept him from performing at the inauguration.

Rebecca Ferguson


Ferguson, best known for the UK TV show The X Factor, said she was asked to perform and said that she would be happy to do it if she could sing the protest song “Strange Fruit,” about lynch mobs.


HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Singer Moby attends The Humane Society of The United States' To The Rescue gala at Paramount Studios on May 07, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Moby was also approached by Trump’s team but he said he would be happy to deejay at Trump’s inauguration as long as Trump released his tax returns “as payment.”

Charlotte Church


Welsh singer-songwriter Charlotte Church says she was also invited to perform. “A simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant,” Church responded to Trump on Twitter.

Paul Anka
Paul Anka

Anka was briefly on board to sing “My Way” at Trump’s inaugural ball but had to pull out. It’s not political, he told TMZ, saying he had a scheduling conflict.


Meanwhile, YG the rapper said he’ll perform his hit song, ‘Fuck Donald Trump’ if asked to perform at Trumps inauguration.

It’s already certain that the likes of Beyonce, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Katy Perry will not be performing at the inauguration since they have a working relationship with Hilary Clinton.

Beyonce and Jay Z performed with Clinton in the fading days of the presidential election, Katty Perry performed for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention while Jennifer Lopez performed for her in Miami during the presidential campaign.

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Nonewithstanding, on Friday, 20th January 2017, history will be made at the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. as it marks the commencement of the four-year term of Donald Trump as President and of Mike Pence as Vice President of the United States of America.