Donald Trump’s hopes of securing an A-list star to perform at his upcoming inauguration appear to be sinking faster than The Titanic, with Canadian songstress Celine Dion reported to be the latest artist to decline an invitation to sing at the swearing-in ceremony for America’s 45th president.
Trump’s transition team enlisted Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn to line up a superstar act for the inauguration — to be produced by “The Celebrity Apprentice”/”Survivor”/”The Voice” mastermind Mark Burnett — but, as reported by The Wrap, things are not going as well as hoped.
“An individual with knowledge of the situation” claims that Wynn had promised Trump he could deliver Dion to perform at the January 20 event, “but could not do so,” with neither Wynn nor Dion responding to a request for comment.
Dion’s reported refusal to sing for Trump puts in her stellar company alongside the likes of rock icon Elton John, country superstar Garth Brooks and Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, all of whom were also reported to be approached to perform at the inauguration and, like Dion, decided to pass. Also declining to be a part of the inauguration is Dion’s frequent producer and fellow Canadian David Foster, who confirmed he was approached to participate and “politely declined.”
Bocelli, in fact, had reportedly signed on for the festivities, but subsequently pulled out following outrage from his fans. “A knowledgeable individual said Bocelli met with the president-elect and agreed to perform,” reports The Wrap, “but then bowed out under pressure from fans.”
So far, the only confirmed performer for Trump’s inauguration is former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jackie Evancho, with a ticked-off Trump becoming “so displeased with his team’s inability to lock in A-list talent that he’s ordered a ‘Hail Mary’ shakeup of his recruiters to try to book performers, according to a person familiar with the situation.”
Meanwhile, the lineup for Trump’s pre-inauguration “All-American Ball” has been announced, and it’s far from A-list, with headliners including country singer Beau Davidson, ’80s cover band The Reagan Years (who perform a set list limited to tunes released during Ronald Reagan’s presidency), and The Mixx, billed as “the Mid-Atlantic’s hottest Party Band!”
The way things are shaping up, Trump’s inauguration promises to be a far less star-studded affair than the 2013 inauguration of Barack Obama, which featured performances by Beyonce, James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson.