The roster of Trump inauguration performers won’t be headlining sensations known to put on big shows for President Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Needles to say, Donald Trump’s inaugural event will be far tamer by comparison on January 20.
Sources said to be involved in planning Trump’s inauguration tell TMZ that the president-elect isn’t interested in having big Hollywood celebrities or performers entertain at the events. In fact, Trump looks more forward to January 21 than inauguration day.
“It’s almost as January 20 doesn’t really matter to him, he’s looking forward to January 21 — his first real work day in the White House,” one source said.
Insiders add that Trump hardly has anything to do with the party planning. One thing he doesn’t want at his inauguration is “over the top” parties, but is delegating the details to the appropriate staff.
Another insider said Trump is “obsessed” with energizing American business and industry, leaving parties the last thing on his priority list. One thing he doesn’t want is big-name performers at the inauguration… emphasizing how Hillary Clinton’s huge roster of singers that included Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce didn’t help her win the election.
The only performer confirmed for the Trump inauguration is America’s Got Talent contestant and classical singer Jackie Evancho, who will sing the National Anthem.
“Woke up this morning to a lot of news,” Foster wrote. “For the record, I was asked to participate in the upcoming inauguration some time ago and I politely and respectfully declined. Any news outlet that is performing otherwise is misinformed.”
The Wrap reports that Trump organizers are so desperate to get A-list performers, that they’re offering booking agents cash or ambassadorships in return for providing entertainers. This contradicts what Trump insiders told TMZ about the president-elect not being interested in having huge Hollywood stars hit the stage at his inauguration.
Bookers spoke with The Wrap on the condition of anonymity about being contacted by Trump organizers
“Never in a million years have I heard something so crazy,” said one “shocked” insider. “That was the moment I almost dropped the phone.”
A statement from Trump’s team denied claims they were bribing anyone to lock down talent for the inauguration.
“There is no truth to this insinuation,” said committee spokesman Boris Epshteyn. “First-class entertainers are eager to participate in the inaugural events. The inauguration as a whole will be an exciting and uniting celebration of freedom and democracy. We will be releasing further details at the appropriate time.”
When Kanye West paid a visit to Donald Trump last week at Trump Tower, chatter was quick to follow that he was going to be one of the inauguration performers. Their discussion revolved around “life” and helping to reduce violence in Chicago, which Kanye is advocating for.
The Wrap continues that it’s not just A-list performers who aren’t willing to perform at the Trump inauguration, but marching bands. The Associated Press reports that it’s less likely Donald Trump will draw the 1.8 million people who turned out for President Obama’s first inaugural event.
Two Hollywood sources believe Trump is wishing for Gwen Stefani to perform at the inauguration.
Snopes reports that it’s difficult to independently verify the statements by anonymous sources in The Wrap unless they make themselves public. Country musician Garth Brooks is reportedly “leaving the door open to play” at Trump’s inauguration. Rock artist Vince Neil said he was “uninvited” from performing at the inauguration.
Other names floating around over who might be Trump inauguration performers are Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Kiss’ Gene Simmons. They supported the president-elect during his campaign.
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