The Electoral College officially voted Donald Trump into the presidency on December 19th, and the transition team has begun gearing up for inauguration day—not that it's been easy getting a big-name star to agree to perform. (Obama's inaugurations featured performances by Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, and Kelly Clarkson.) Here, for political reasons or otherwise, are the stars we know will not be stepping up to the mic on January 20.More
Although initially confirmed to perform for Trump's inauguration, Holliday backed out of the performance. She explained her decision in a statement to TheWrap, "I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence....In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!"
Charlotte Church tweeted, "@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye"