8 artists who reportedly turned down performing at Trump's inauguration

The US presidential inauguration has been a major stage for popular music acts. Performers for recent Republican and Democratic presidential inaugural events have included
Barbra Streisand, Ricky Martin, Beyoncé, and Kelly Clarkson.

Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, however, has reportedly faced some difficulties booking A-list musicians for the president-elect’s big day.

Elton John, Kiss, and Garth Brooks are among those who have refused offers to play the inauguration, according to various sources.

Currently, 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith are set to headline the pre-inauguration concert for Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on January 19.

Here are the artists who have reportedly turned down performing at the Trump inauguration:

CĂ©line Dion

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TheWrap reported that Las Vegas hotelier Steve Wynn had tried to deliver the Canadian superstar singer for the inauguration, but she refused.

A spokesperson for Wynn said, however, that he was 'not asked to book specific performers for the inauguration, nor did he ever a make a commitment to find specific performers.'

Garth Brooks

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As with Dion, a source told TheWrap that Wynn tried to wrangle Brooks for the inauguration, but the country star declined.


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Kiss frontman Gene Simmons' wife Shannon Tweed told TMZ of an offer for the inauguration, 'They asked and he politely declined.' Simmons added that Kiss would be touring in Europe at the time anyway.


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The famous electronic artist posted on Instagram, 'I was just asked by a booking agent if I would consider djing at one of the inaugural balls for #trump... Hahahahaha, wait, Hahahaha, really?'

Moby elaborated that he'd consider DJing 'if as payment #trump released his tax returns.'

Andrea Bocelli

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Trump is known to be a fan of the globally beloved Italian singer. Page Six reported that Bocelli backed out of an offer because of 'backlash,' however the chairman of Trump's inaugural committee said that Trump himself declined.

David Foster


Grammy-winning producer David Foster has worked with Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand, among others, but told People in a statement he would not be helping with the Trump inaugural events. 'I politely declined,' he said.

Rebecca Ferguson


The British singer and 'X Factor' winner originally said she was asked to perform by Trump's team and agreed on the condition that she could sing Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit,' about lynching and racism in the US. Ferguson later said in a statement that she would not be performing because of 'many grey areas about the offer.'

Charlotte Church


The Welsh artist tweeted at Trump saying that his staff had asked her about singing, but 'a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye.'

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