Reports from the US suggest Donald Trump is struggling to find renowned stars to perform at his inauguration.
When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009, many artists played at his inauguration, such as Beyonce and Aretha Franklin.
During his stay in the White House, he’s had audiences with the likes of Rihanna, James Taylor and Kendrick Lamar.
Donald Trump might not be so lucky.
The Wrap reports that Trump’s inaugural committee is struggling to find stars who are willing to play at his swearing in ceremony on 20 January 2017.
An artist who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “I couldn’t do it,” “Not even for a billion dollars.”
British Singer & Songwriter Sir Elton John won’t play at Trump’s inauguration. / Wikipedia
“They’re calling managers, agents, everyone in town to see who they can get and it’s been problematic,” an unnamed source told the site.
Grammy-winner John Legend, who has been a guest of the Obamas several times, says he is “not surprised at all”.
“Creative people tend to reject bigotry and hate,” he told the BBC News
“We tend to be more liberal-minded. When we see somebody that’s preaching division and hate and bigotry, it’s unlikely he’ll get a lot of creative people that want to be associated with him.”
“I would never do it,” agrees Swedish star Zara Larsson, speaking at the BBC Music Awards.
“A lot of artists out there have been very pro-Hillary and anti-Donald. So I would never do it and most other smart people wouldn’t do it.”
Sources within Trump’s circle said that Elton John would play, but John denied the claims. His publicist sated:”Incorrect. He will NOT be performing, there is no truth in this at all.”
Low Profile Stars
Since then, the names bandied around have been much lower-profile – from rap-rock rascal Kid Rock to Achy Breaky country star Billy Ray Cyrus.
“I don’t think I would take the money on that one,” says US pop star Adam Lambert, the part-time frontman of Queen, who is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights.
“I don’t think I’d be endorsing that. They might struggle.”
Source: The Wrap / BBC News / Wikipedia