It’s been well documented just how many artists have turned down the opportunity to sing at his swearing-in ceremony and ball, so it’s no wonder his final list is nothing to write home about.
A Bruce Springsteen cover band and Jennifer Holliday both dropped out this week because it was giving them rather bad publicity.
It certainly wouldn’t have looked good for the cover band to perform Bruce songs at the inauguration when the Boss has been staunchly against Trump, performed during Hillary Clinton’s campaign rallies and Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Just looking at the President’s list performers leaves the President-elect’s meagre group in the dust.
Bruce, Denzel Washington, Laura Linney and Martin Luther King III, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and Steve Carell, Bettye LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Hanks, Marisa Tomei, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Queen Latifah, Josh Groban, Gay Men’s Chorus Washington, D.C., Herbie Hancock, will.i.am, and Sheryl Crow, Tiger Woods, Jack Black and Rosario Dawson, Garth Brooks, Ashley Judd and Forest Whitaker, Usher, Stevie Wonder, and Shakira, Samuel L. Jackson, U2, Pete Seeger and course Beyonce, all performed or spoke at Obama’s inauguration.
The inauguration ceremony takes place in Washington DC on Friday January 20 at noon (5pm GMT).
A Women’s March is taking place the following day across the world in Washington, London and another 614 cities.
It has been organised for the protection our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding freedoms threatened by recent political events including Trump’s election.