Celebrities Who Have Refused to Preform at Trumps Inauguration

Celebrities Who Have Refused to Preform at Trumps Inauguration

Nora Cooper, Writer

With Trump’s presidential inauguration coming up on the 20th of this month, his team is denying claims that they are having problems to find performances for the ceremony. However, a long list has been created of musician who have all reportedly been offered to perform, but said no.

This list includes musicians such as Elton John, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Kiss, Garth Brooks, David Foster, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Aretha Franklin.


While Elton said that his refusal was not personal and was only because he is British, it could be because John is openly homosexual.


Opera singer Andrea Bocelli, was listed to perform at the inauguration until Internet Backlash showed him that it was a poor career move.


Kiss frontman Gene Simmons expressed his opinion on the matter, actually saying that it was inappropriate to refuse to perform based on political opinions, saying “I think celebrities should basically shut their pie hole and do what they do best: act, sing, tap dance, juggle balls, and do all that kind of stuff. And then do what an informed citizen does: draw the curtain, vote your conscience, go in there and vote.”


However, Simmons also said that KISS would not be performing, because they would be in Europe at the time, even though Simmons wife and daughter seemed to express very negative opinions at the idea of the band performing for the inauguration.


The only performances that they have booked include the sixteen- year old singer from America’s got talent, Jackie Evancho, and the Rockettes. However, some of the dancers have said they do not want to attend.


One of the dancers, Phoebe Pearl, wrote in an Instagram post, “I usually don’t use social media to make a political stand but I feel overwhelmed with emotion. 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. I am speaking for just myself but please know that after we found out this news, we have been performing with tears in our eyes and heavy hearts. We will not be forced! #notmypresident”.


Lisa Bloom, an attorney and NBC News legal analyst, has offered services to any Rockettes considering protesting who are in fear of losing their employment as a result.


It has also been reported that no women of color in the Rockettes have signed up to perform at the inauguration.