Celebrating the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration!”
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Elton John, John Legend, and Celine Dion; though never actually officially asked, are just some of the artists who refuse to perform for Donald Trump’s inauguration. On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn into office. The new presidential administration was heralded in with performances from some other musicians.
“Trump’s performers include a rock band from the early 2000’s and a hillbilly,” says sophomore Emma Fretwell.
Headlining Trump’s “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” was country music star Toby Keith. Known for his songs such as “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Keith also co-starred in the 2008 film Beer for My Horses.
“Toby Keith is like Billy Ray Cyrus’ long lost doppelganger,” says sophomore Maggie McNeeley.
Next on the ticket was American rock band 3 Doors Down. This band cemented their popularity in 2003 with their first single, “Kryptonite,” and the band’s latest album, Time of My Life (2011), deputed at No. 3 on the charts. However, since then, their popularity has waned.
“Instead of booking 3 Doors Down, they should have walked three doors down and booked somebody better,” says sophomore Liam Baker.
Lesser known performers were also in attendance, including actor Jon Voight, who has won an Academy Award and four Golden Globe Awards, but he is most well known for being the father of Angelina Jolie.
“I know Jon Voight will be in attendance, but if he doesn’t show up I am going to ‘avoight’ the whole event,” says sophomore Hunt McLeod.
Another musical group that performed were Youtube stars The Piano Guys. With over 5 million subscribers, this band is the 265th most subscribed channel on Youtube, just underneath justintimberlakeVEVO, who sadly did not perform.
“I know there’s a group called “The Piano Guys” performing. I haven’t heard of them before, but I assume they play the piano,” says McLeod.
The stars featured in Former President Obama’s inauguration concert, “We Are One,” included Beyonce, John Legend, will.i.am, Jon Bon Jovi, and many more, and yet Trump’s inauguration is expected to cost more than Obama’s.
“Donald Trump may have one of the most expensive inaugurations ever, but no one can trump Obama’s inauguration [concert],” says McNeeley.
Trump’s polarizing rise to the presidency often featured an anti-Hollywood rhetoric. This, along with many other statements Trump has made, may be one of the few reasons numerous performers refused to attend his inauguration and why many Americans refused to attend, or even watch, the swearing in of our 45th president.
“Donald Trump is entering office with a 40% approval rating, one of the lowest in history. Somehow, I don’t think performers such as Beyonce are a part of that 40%,” says Fretwell.