12 Artists Who Refused to Perform at Donald Trump’s Inauguration

The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign and election are finally over. It was one of the most controversial ones and it divided the people of America.


When the results were released there were mixed emotions from hope, anger, joy, despair, you name it. It was full of drama.

Now the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States marked the beginning of his four-year term as President. He is the oldest and wealthiest person inaugurated as president. Also, he is the first without prior military or governmental service experience to hold the office.

The ceremony included performances from prominent artists. Although it was successful and a peaceful one (security was tight!) controversies were not avoided. One of them were artists turning down the invitation to perform at his inauguration.

Who were they? Read on to find out.

12. Beyonce

Queen B is one of the most powerful artists in the music industry. Not to mention she’s married to the music industry’s powerhouse. She’s also an advocate of women empowerment so just with that we already have an idea who she’s rooting for.

Beyonce reasons out, “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.”

11. Kanye West

Aside from his tantrums and sometimes questionable choices, we all know him as Trump supporter. And when he supports something, he’s very vocal about it.

Donald and Kanye may have a good relationship but according to Tom Barrack, chairman of Trump’s presidential inaugural committee, he won’t be performing. He told CNN: “Donald is a great admirer of Kanye, as we are all, but he is not performing at the inauguration.” Sorry Kanye maybe in some other occasion.

10. Elton John

Sometimes no matter how rich and powerful you are, you can’t have everything. Just like this case. The billionaire president is thought to be a big fan of John and is even known to watch videos of his old gigs while traveling.

Trump’s campaign rallies can sometimes be mistaken for an Elton John concert as the likes of Tiny Dancer and Rocket Man played endlessly over the speakers.

But there was absolutely no chance he would be performing after fundraising for Hillary Clinton. He has denied reports he would be performing for him, saying the reports as “completely untrue”. Sorry, Donald looks like you’ll be sticking to watching his old gigs.

9. Katy Perry

Katy Perry is another powerhouse in the music industry. But early on during the presidential campaign, Katy has been rallying for Hillary Clinton so performing for Trump’s inauguration was already impossible.

She campaigned for Hillary 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 the campus. Then she held a rally on campus and greeted fans. So that’s it.