The music industry says no to Trump


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Demonstrations ared up across the nation this past weekend either to resist Trump’s presidency or to make a statement of solidarity.

Covadonga Solares , Writer

After the emotional farewell speech former President Obama delivered in Chicago, the city that marked his political career and where he met the love of his life, the time comes for our new president-elect to take office.

Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration took place on Jan. 20 in Washington DC, but the organization of the event didn’t turn out to be as smooth as the Republican candidate would have wanted it to be.

The inaugural committee, in charge of securing a star-powered lineup that would provide the musical entertainment for the gala, has reportedly encountered numerous difficulties assembling the cast for Trump’s big day.

Throughout the last months, more and more artists have publicly declined to perform, including those who supported the president-elect. released an article with the complete list of artists of who will and will not be performing.

Even though Trump declared on his favorite social media, Twitter, that he didn’t need the “so-called ‘A’ list celebrities,” music managers have confirmed that his team has been working hurriedly to tie up a list of well-known performers for the event.

“I want the PEOPLE!” was the end of this statement, something that doesn’t quite suit the almost desperate calls that some agencies have gotten regarding the presidential inauguration.

The list of musicians that have turned down the president’s offer to perform at the inauguration includes legends like Andrea Bocelli, Elton John and Celine Dion, having all of them refused to take part in the event.

Bocelli was one of the first names to emerge as an inauguration performer to sing a duet with the America’s Got Talent star Jackie Evancho, who already confirmed she will sing the national anthem.

Nonetheless, the artist’s team officially announced he wouldn’t be performing, reportedly fearing a backlash from Trump’s political opponents and critics.

But why even Trump-friendly artists won’t perform at his inauguration? The answer could be found in the fact that most of them don’t want to be involved in the media circus that comes along with most of the president-elect’s public events.

Jennifer Holliday wrote in an open letter published exclusively for The Wrap, “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.”

3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, Big and Rich, Jackie Evancho, some members of the Rockets were among the artists who did decide to partake in Trump’s inauguration this Friday

It says a lot that artists aren’t willing to tarnish their reputation or use their decision to oppose everything that Trump’s represents.

They need us, the consumers, to help support their lavish lifestyle and we are the backlash that makes them reluctant to perform.