At the 74th Annual Golden Globes, host Jimmy Fallon joked that not even fictional character Florence Foster Jenkins would perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. The character, played by Meryl Streep in the comedic bio pic, was known as “the world’s worst opera singer”. The joke was a hit. However, it underscored the real-life drama plaguing the talent roster for Trump’s big day. Who’s actually going to perform?
The Confirmed Inauguration Performers So Far
According to CNN, some performers have actually said yes. Despite the media controversy surrounding their invite, The Rockettes will be on hand to welcome the nation’s next president on January 20. When their performance was announced, stories quickly circulated speculating the group’s members were being forced to perform against their will.
Leaked audio between the dancers and James Dolan, Madison Square Garden’s executive chairman, suggested the performance was a controversial move made to drum up ticket sales. The group’s management maintains that only those dancers interested in performing will do so. It remains to be seen if the full troupe will show up for the big performance.
America’s Got Talent child prodigy Jackie Evancho will also be on hand. Evancho is no stranger to The White House. She performed twice for President Obama during his two terms in office. Trump claimed that Evancho’s holiday album sales “skyrocketed” after her inauguration performance was announced. She did see a spike, but not the avalanche the President-elect described. Many sources, including Billboard, were quick to fact-check the young singer’s numbers.
Other noted performers for the inauguration include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Talladega Marching Tornadoes.
As a comparison, Beyoncé sang the national anthem at Obama’s second inauguration. Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor were also on hand to sing patriotic tunes.
Who Said No to Trump’s Inauguration?
Though Trump’s inauguration lineup might look scant, it’s not for lack of trying. Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Andrea Bocelli, KISS, Celine Dion and Kanye West are all rumored to have said no. The A-list doesn’t want to be associated with the incoming Commander-in-Chief.
One place A-list performers might show up on Inauguration Day is the rumored Freedom Concert. In late December, a flyer for a YouTube music event started circulating. It promised performances from Lady Gaga, John Legend and Paul McCartney, to name a few. The concert hasn’t been officially confirmed. However, with the growing number of celebs who’ve said no to Trump, an anti-inauguration event doesn’t seem unlikely.
Regardless of what happens, it’s clear Inauguration Day will be one of the most interesting we’ve seen in ages.