Donald Trump Inauguration: List of Musicians Who Said No

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So who are the A Listers who’ve ruled out performing at Donald Trump’s Inauguration balls?

For his part, Trump denies that he cares. After stories circulated that top names were refusing to perform at his January 20 inauguration, Trump tweeted that he preferred to party with “the people.”

The biggest name to surface so far, the Beach Boys, were a “maybe.” But that hasn’t yet panned out. The Rockettes are performing. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is too. Jackie Evancho of America’s Got Talent is confirmed. The latest performer to say maybe: British inger Rebecca Ferguson, who says she would “graciously accept” but only if she can perform Strange Fruit, a protest song about lynchings, according to BBC.

Tim Rushlow and His Big Band, which performs retro hits by American icons like Frank Sinatra, will perform as Donald and Melania Trump make their first dance, Buzzfeed reported. Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, and Lee Greenwood are also lined up to perform.

You can read more about who’s signed up here.

Here’s the list of musicians who were possibilities but said no:

Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday was lined up to perform but has now backed out due to backlash from the LGBT community.

“I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized county,” she said in a letter to The Wrap. “Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence… sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.”

Andrea Bocelli

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Andrea Bocelli is one of the most gifted singers in the world.

The opera signer was going to perform but backed out after getting heat from fans, according to Page Six, adding that a boycott movement ignited on social media.

Trump’s inaugural committee chairman Thomas J. Barrack Jr. told Rolling Stone it was Trump’s decision, arguing he “denied Bocelli’s offer to perform.”

“The Bocellis came to him and said, ‘Look, if it would be helpful to you, if you would like us to perform, we would consider it,'” Barrack said, according to Rolling Stone.

Whichever it is, Bocelli is out.

Celine Dion

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TMZ reported that Dion turned Trump down because she is already booked to do shows the night of the inauguration in Las Vegas and doesn’t want to let down fans who are looking forward to seeing them.

This despite the fact that Trump’s friend Steve Wynn was supposedly trying to get Dion to do it.


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Gene Simmons’ wife has made it clear that KISS will not perform at the inauguration.

Elton John

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Elton John with his husband, David Furness. (Getty)

CNN reported that John’s spokesperson says he will not perform at the inauguration, “denying a claim made by a vice chair of Trump’s presidential inaugural committee” who said John would perform to highlight gay rights.

Garth Brooks

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Daily Variety reports that Brooks is not performing at the inauguration, even though, when TMZ asked him about it previously, he had said, “It’s always about serving. It’s what you do.”


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The band’s manager denied a magazine’s report they were performing.

Ice T

Ice T tweeted that he had blocked a call seeking to have him play at the inauguration. But then he clarified that it was all a joke:

Then there’s a second list of musicians who are obviously in Clinton’s camp and have been from the start. In other words, they were never even remotely in reach and were not invited (because they would obviously have said no).

This second list of people is included to show how limited the pool of potential inaugural performer possibilities was for Trump in the first place because of the number of celebrities who were vocal Clinton backers. He’s made the point that this won’t necessarily hurt him; appearing with celebrities in the presidential campaign didn’t get Clinton the White House, and Trump has historically benefited when perceived cultural elites bash him.

They include:


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Beyonce told the crowd why she was supporting Clinton. “Less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of making history, again, by electing the first woman president. But we have to vote.” (Getty)

She and Jay Z performed with Clinton in the waning days of the presidential election.

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen cancelled his April 10 concert in Greensboro, North Carolina to protest the HB 2 law.

Despite Trump’s support from white working class voters, the Boss is a Clinton fan.

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry campaigned for Hillary Clinton at a rally at UNLV during the first day of early voting in Nevada on Saturday afternoon. She started out the day by knocking on doors of students who lived on campus. Then she held a rally on campus and greeted fans. Click through the gallery to see photos of Perry’s Saturday rally for Clinton. (Getty)

It’s hard to see Trump asking because Perry performed for Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez. (Getty)

Lopez performed for Clinton in Miami during the presidential campaign.

Jon Bon Jovi

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Hillary Clinton’s final rally before the election was a midnight rally in Raleigh, North Carolina at the NCSU’s William Neal Reynolds Coliseum. She was joined by Lady Gaga, Jon Bon Jovi, Chelsea Clinton, and Bill Clinton. Space was limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. According to ABC, just about every seat in the Reynolds Coliseum was filled. Click through the gallery to see photos and stories about her last rally. (Getty)

Bon Jovi is another big name celebrity who hit the campaign trail for Hillary.

Lady Gaga

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When Lady Gaga spoke to the crowd, she said, “Hillary Clinton is made of steel! Hillary Clinton is unstoppable!” The crowd cheered. According to the Washington Post, Lady Gaga wore the outfit that Michael Jackson wore to the White House in 1990. Lady Gaga told the crowd that Trump was angry and divisive. She said Clinton was well prepared for this. “She didn’t just wake up one morning and decide she wanted to be president.” (Getty)

Lady Gaga is a Hillary fan.

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      • Where is it written that there has to be musician’s at the Inauguration? These idiots listed above are naive and hypocrites. Hollywood is dying because more and more movies and shows are being filmed out of state to avoid the California taxes. If people gave a crap about the opinion of celebrities, why did Trump win the election?

        • Because he fixed it, that’s why, you unintelligent, whites trash. Hollywood is dying??? What a moron. Are you dumb or dumber?


            • Well, sir, now you have an unsuccessful man who has had to declare bankruptcy several times and been sued by his employees and the State of New York for his maltreatment and dishonesty. You have a president who has NEVER supported this nation, financially or otherwise; who doesn’t pay Federal taxes but, is being cared for by others’ tax dollars and dragged 18 other members of his family to the feast to be taken care of because of his inability to love and stay married to just one woman, like many of us would expect a leader to do! Now, you have a president who you cannot depend on to tell the truth in any situation. Yes, sir, just keep the dream of who YOU believe this man to be, when he has told us all who he REALLY is — and I, for one, believe he is just the low-down creature he has told the people of this nation he is. You see, as the late great Maya Angelou said, When someone tells you who they are, believe them!

  1. What they are not telling you here is : first, few of these performers were even asked. Second, with the exception of only one of these listed, the reason given for not being able to perform is a scheduling conflict with an already scheduled concert/performance elsewhere. Third, overall, this story is a bunch of BS.

    • Ha Ha. “Scheduling conflict” is what you say when you don’t really want to be there. You know, just like being asked to resign : leaving a job so you can “spend more time with the family”. Face it, he’s a Loser. the Donald lost by almost 3,000,000 votes.

        • He cheated you cretin. He’s done everything vile and wrong, why do you support this ? Anyone who does has no respect for themselves or their country. What’s sad is you are patting yourself on the back for it because you are so insecure.

          • KB Catano, Using physiology only works when you know what your talking about! Your insecurities are quite evident in your a vile personal attack on an American citizen because your political party lost big time across the board in Federal and State Elections!

        • Actually, something untoward was done to allow this child-raping, tax-evading, draft-dodging, adulterous, mysogynistic, foreign-marrying unpatriotic, slow-witted, ego-maniacal, absentee father to get anywhere near the presidency! There’s no way under the sun that cretin lost the election by that much but won the electoral college vote. By the way, since the actual purpose of the electoral college is to “prevent any man who is morally or intellectually incapable of being president”, it ought to be dismantled just on the basis of having let him slither through!

      • The clear losers were the democrats. In the past eight years under Obama the democrats have lost 11 U.S. Senate seats and 61 U.S. House seats. And on the State level, Republicans control 69 of 99 legislative chambers and hold 33 governorships. During Obama’s two terms voters threw out of office more than 900 Democratic state lawmakers. The record shows who the majority was removing from elected office and who won the presidency.

        In 2017, Republicans will hold 33 governors’ offices, have majorities in 33 legislatures and control both the governor’s office and legislatures in 25 states, the most since 1952. Democrats will control both the governor’s office and legislature in only about a half-dozen states; the remaining states will have politically divided governments.

      • “the Donald lost by almost 3,000,000 votes”…that was just the two most liberal states that need to succeed, californication and nude york. But in the end my dear, who is it that will occupy the White House? It sure isn’t shillary so I guess Donald won after all.

      • Illegals and dead people votes is what you are talking about. And, the votes were mostly in California, New York, etc. What does that tell ya? Tells me that Trump won by a landslide…period!

        • Just curious … are you just trying to defend your position or do really (like, in really life), believe dead people and illegals voted?

        • If all the votes that were intended for Mrs. Clinton but went for that guy even as the voters watched their votes change on the machines in South Carolina and Florida; all the votes which were discarded by dishonest election staffers; the huge number of absentee ballots that were thrown away; and the votes of voters who were illegally turned away were added in, we would see even more clearly how anti-Trump the people of this nation are!

      • Get over winner by 3 million votes! If you haven’t heard it’s been electoral votes for years. HILLARY is used to having her way always, but you can’t change the “laws” just to suit your wants! That’s how a lot of Americans felt for the past 8 years!!! Suck it UP! Hopefully the sun will still continue to come up for you!

      • A voice of reason over people who don’t even understand why they voted for The Donald, or why they still continue to support him based on broken promises. Who wants a minimum wage of $15 so people don’t have to work two jobs? Who wants affordable medical care? Who wants a wall that The Donald now wants us taxpayers to pay for (weren’t the Mexicans supposed to pay for it?), etc., etc.

  2. Screw you Gene Simmons, and Garth Brooks, I along with millions of the ” deplorables” that made you rich, now tell you to politely go to hell!

    • Amen…exactly how I feel! If none of these clown support OUR President…the Trump people will have a good memory after this inauguration and we will boycott these haters. Period!

    • Deplorable here thinking the same thing! I could care less about the warped brained performers such as, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry at Trump’s inauguration. They are not wanted anyway!!! Poor Liberals can’t get their way so they have to cry, whine, and act out. Corrupt Hillary lost due to being a corrupt, lying, above the law, arrogant, POS! Get over it! Trump won, and there is nothing anyone can do about it!! Rough road ahead for Liberals. So used to getting their way. Not going to happen anymore.

    • I was a Garth Brooks fan but now after hearing this I am packing up my discs of him and sending them to the recording company. If hes not man enough to sing I dont want his music in my home.

      • He said tonight on facebook live that he was open to performing however his concert in Cincinatti (I think that was the city) was requiring adding 3 more shows which prohibited him from playing at the inauguration. If you follow Garth you know he typically adds shows beyond the initial ones scheduled. He’s taking care of his fans which is what he always does. He also asked folks to pray for BOTH the Obama’s and the Trumps. Still a class act.

      • So because you don’t agree with his opinion on something he needs to LEAVE HIS OWN STATE? What is wrong with you people?!?!?!??!!!!!!! Why can’t you see how insane you are?!

  3. i can understand all those “entertainers” saying no….but what about rappers whose lyrics include words they made famous like bitches and Ho’s. Are these dumb liberal brainwashed airheads not performing? Rappers are the most sexist individuals on the planet

  4. I suggest that President Trump and yes I said President and not President elect because he is my President and I damn sure haven’t had one in 8 years! I agree folks don’t support the so called A list celebrities since they are so comfortable turning away 60 + million fans. I say do a casting call and have the entertainment be the people who supported President Trump. I guarantee that would be a show that 63 million deplorable would love and appreciate!

  5. We the people are the ones who don’t want them anymore. We’ll see how they are going to continue making money with all the unemployed youngsters, teenagers and welfare fans.
    They are not remembering, that the middle class is the one that made them rich, and the middle class voted for Trump. Time will tell, but I already got all the artists that are turning their back on Trump, off of my playlists.

  6. Got Your Chit Packed ? Either your w/US or against US maybe Trump will send your Kids over too Confront ISIS so You can get a real taste of Freedom bunch of Spineless Bums $ We don’t need your Input bunch of Miserable Creatures Merry Christmas Adios

  7. trump doesnt need anyone. Hes going to be susccesful like always.Shame this singers think is a big deal to say no. Just remember 60+ million voted for Trump. Maybe we should start thinking if is worth it to give our money buying their songs. You are a artist not a political face.

    • The only one I really care about is Andrea B. The rest can go to H..l, they can all preform a loser concert for Hillary, lol. Glad That Trump is our President.

    • Successful in marriage? He’s on his THIRD! Successful in business? He has declared bankruptcy 4 or 5 times and has been sued multiple times by unhappy employees! Successful in parenting? He hasn’t yet raised one of his children! Let’s see if he does better with Baron. Successful in being an American patriot? Most of his businesses are not on American shores; he marries foreigners; he refused to serve in the American military by pretending to have foot problems; he is a friend of a man who despises the United States and whose machinations may have been the instrument which handed the presidency to this unfit creature! Successful as a human being? He was due to go on trial in November for having raped a 13 year old and throws tantrums like the spoiled brat he is! Exactly what standards, sir or madam, do YOU base success on?!!!

  8. Hmmmmm imagine if a bakery refused to bake a cake because of their beliefs…….oh wait……but it’s okay for these guys? I see how that works…

  9. Pathetic support for failed liberal policies and more taking care of the distorted Hollywood types is what these idiot celebs enjoy, not truth or reality unless its reality tv. By the way Simmons supported Trump and Bush before him. Gene has a grasp on truth and not the bs conveyed by the Obama / Clinton posse

  10. Do not listen to any of these people. No show? Don’t care! Please stay home! Your job and opinions are worthless endeavors.

  11. . the Spotlight Agenda Talent

    Vile, Volger and Violent Lib entertainers need to be exposed for who and what they are.
    To watch Hildabeast campaign, on stage see HER endorsement of such vile language,
    While she garnered votes on 11 yo poorly chosen Trump words over a decade ago..

    Well, it really shouts “What a hypocritical phony”…Clinton is!!

    Top of my shjt list of music and stained entertainment that
    I will never EVER support:

    Jayded Z,
    Brude Stringbean, (5 good songs)
    J Hole (check green card)
    Laid de Ga.Ga
    Mad.Donna (Rabid hag)

    GET OFF the STAGE!!!

    These “has been” Rock & Rap star big mouths that put
    the lipstick on the Demonrat pig, need further exposure..

    Everyday these lousy artist try to whore their art out in reckless,
    ideological disregaurd for our youth…They are radical.

    Their cRappy art is getting kicked to the curb now so America can
    open the doors to respectful talent that does NOT endorse America’s
    corrosive erosion of this polluted, over rated talent.

    Cleverly hiding the evil debt riddled rabid agenda behind their glitz.

    GET OFF the STAGE!!!

    Oh and you begrudged Libs all now moving to Canada?? ……. What’s wrong with Mexico???

  12. These so called “A”list celebrities are nothing in my book. They are not patriotic Americans. They should find another place to live. The only thing we can do is to hit them in their pocket book. Don’t buy their music, don’t see their movies. That’s the only way we can hurt them. Oh, and by the way, I would not sell them any tickets to the inauguration. You can make the money in other ways.

  13. Hilarious! No A-list performers want to be tainted by performing at Trump’s inauguration, so Team Trump spins that into an asset? Talk about trying to make this bitter lemon rejection of Trump into lemonade! This is a real slap in the face for Trump and everyone knows it.

  14. Well, well, well! I have never listened to any of those phonies, so big deal! President Trump doesn’t need a pony show to draw people! The inauguration will be seen by the grateful people that prayed to GOD for him to be elected! So we don’t need the phonies! We know that GOD will be there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Rather have Trump as president and no singers than Hillary and the best talent offered. The people put him there not the glitz and glamor of Hollywood or singers. Bill and Hillary, Barack and Michelle have done enough damage. They need to go home and quit using the American people to get rich and further their agenda.

    • Mr. Cayton, where have you been???! Dump Trump LOST the election and either bought the presidency or was handed it by Russian or dishonest American manipulation. NEVER has anyone lost by such a large number of votes but been given the presidency. Try hard, sir, to remember: That man LOST the votes by nearly three million but, for reasons unknown, was dragged from the gutter and made king.

  16. Glad it won’t be ANY of these artists….don’t like most of them anyway and if they supported Hillary it would just be fake with them anyway. Plus, many on this list don’t have that much class for an event like this. I say just roll with Jackie Ivancho. I hear she has a beautiful voice anyway. Can’t wait for Jan. 20th !!

  17. They are all UnAmerican! They are hurting their fan base, also! That means they don’t care about us, so we should refrain from supporting them!

    • Like whom? I see a lot of angry explanation as to why these won’t attend but see no suggestions for who will. An empty stage is going to be interesting. He is going to have to pay (bribe) BIGLY for performers and, just as he did for some of his pre-election events, pay the audience.

    • Excuse me, no one is debating that. Get over it. We are just having fun laughing at his inability to attract anyone to attend the inauguration.

    • Nope no way. He may be my president but I don’t have to support him or I should this not a free country anymore where I can voice how I feel?

    • Actually, donald trump LOST the election!!!! The presidency was either handed to him or bought by him. And, I hope at some point we will learn exactly how and why.

    How could anyone but the dumbest of liberal fools vote for anyone in the criminal democratic party. Look what Obama has done.
    Oblabla should have been arrested and tried for treason. He gave $150 billion to a designated terrorist nation who wants to destroy us. This does not include the 1.7 billion cash, for ransom money, paid to his terrorist muslim friends. We got nothing for the money and Iran is building more weapons to arm many of our enemies. They challenge this weak President on the seas and in the air, because they know he will not do anything. He will help muslims around the world, before he will help his own people. I am really surprised that even the dumbest of liberal idiots can’t understand this. Iran has started to show off their new missile systems that Obama paid for.
    The man must be tried for aiding and abetting an enemy.

  19. Most of the ones that are for Hillary are ones that I do not see as representive of who we are. Many of them are NOT good examples for our young people to look up to! Celine Dion is not an American and I had a couple of her CD’s that I smashed and trashed! Jackie Evancho, the beautiful young singer has a beautiful voice. I have one of her CD’s and would like to have more! Why would we want people like unclothed Jennifer Lopaz or Scary Looking KISS or lady Gaga ( I purposedly did not capitalize Lady)’ In my opinion, she is no Lady.! I would say that we should be most glad not to have most of these! Sorry, but I am not too disappointed. Trump is more Classy than most of these acts. It was reported that Hillary paid Boyonce and C Z. Sixty Three Million Dollars to perform at her concert. Sorry, but in my opinion I wouldn’t want them for any amount of money!

  20. Why don’t he have anyone of you idiot’s that voted for him perform? Why would these artists perform for a bully jackass they did not vote for? Makes sense to this liberal. Maybe his wife can put on a modeling show and invite all you clowns to the front roll of his circus. And don’t forget to take your shovels to scoop up all the bullshit that comes from your RIGGED president elects big mouth. We removed the elephant’s from the circus and you all put in a Jackass. He Haw He Haw

    • Why? Because he doesn’t agree with you??? It’s still a free country, at least for a while. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions!!!! I can’t beliève all these idiots on here. Just because they don’t want to play at trumps inauguration doesn’t make them bad people. Did any of you vote for bush? How do you know who declined and accepted To perform at his inauguration? Did you boycott the musicians that refused back then?? Did you yell and scream they don’t belong in my state if they can’t support the president? Of course you didn’t. Quit calling liberals cry babies when it is you doing the whining.

  21. This List Is MORE FAKE NEWS!!! Title misleading. Who was actually asked? PATHETIC FAKE LIST FAKE NEWS FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE FAKE!!!! A serious cry for attention. Shame. Enjoy your “existence” Wont ever waste my time on this, sorry excuse for a website – Heavy – Sinking . . . . .

  22. I’m ashamed to say that I have purchased music from all entertainers that have declined the honor to perform at Pres Elec ignoguration.
    I’m done w these self centered P…..! These entertainers would rather have a liar and cheat in office. Wtf is wrong with them?
    Let’s Boycott everyone that declined Pres Elec invatation. We elected Trump, we can Boycott these ungrateful entertainers! Let’s keep Trump for 8!

  23. Am going to boycott any artist that boycotts Trump. Any artist that cannot get over an election is not worth watching by my standards. Every time I would see them I would think I had to put up with a bad president who I could not even openly criticize the policies and actions of without being called a racist for 8 years. And you cannot even get world wide coverage by performing at his inaugural? Not too bright all you shining stars. Look at what happened to George Soros. Lost a Billion on a bad Hedge Bet. Could happen to you too all you stars.

  24. None of these classless &^%* were asked. All Hillary could draw at her rallies was flies, so these Hildabeast celebrities couldnt pull the Witch out of the ditch. Its hilarious how the Snowflakes are in total meltdown after 8 yrs of their Illegal Undocumented Usurper. What a bunch of whining loosers.

  25. No one wants to sing for Trump, “so what,” I think Trump should use this to start saving the American money and spend it elsewhere where its needed the most,
    why have a big party like that and have the people of the Not So United States of America waste money.
    its laughable watching all this from another country and I am thinking that Americans really don’t know what they want, but are pretty much just hypocritical,
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump turns the economy around, at least give him a go, what damage can he do after al the other damage the Americans have caused around the world today.
    I could continue, but leave it as it is.

  26. I wish all of the musicians and stars that said they would leave the country if Trump got elected would hurry up and leave, so we all could have a safe place to live. I certainly wont be buying any more of their music or supporting them in any way. I am very proud of Donald Trump for standing his ground, because we have needed this for a long time.

  27. and they will all pay the price… Loss of ticket sales, and merchandise sales etc.. they will see.. Biggest mistake of career.. ASK DIXIE CHICKS.. SINAD OCONNER. who never really recovered by opening their mouths.. back in the day you were JAILED by putting down a PRESIDENT.. .to bad NOT still the Law today… alot of the CELEBS need be locked up for few months.. see their money dont give them a pass on everything !!! jacks asses..