2016 has been one of, if not the craziest, years in political history. This phenomenon was sparked when Donald Trump won the RNC and later the presidential election. As tensions within the country come to an all-time high, controversy has ignited over the day of inauguration. One such controversy is over the performers at this year’s inauguration—moreover, who would be in attendance.
A large number of singers, including but not exclusive to: Elton John, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Holiday, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, KISS, Garth Brooks, Chainsmokers, Ice T, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry (you get the picture) were asked to perform, but due to their distaste for President-elect Trump, respectfully declined.
This was a first in American history, in which performers declined such a prestigious opportunity. What’s more, Kanye West offered to perform, but president Trump declined his longtime friend with the mindset that it might not go over too well and that the aforementioned celebrity might lean in his own artistic direction.
But it hasn’t been all grey skies and sadness for our president. Donald Trump had head liners such as country heart-throb Toby Keith and the angst writhing 3 Doors Down. And later, the inaugural concert was tied together with a tasteful Lee Greenwood singing his famous “God Bless the USA.” These acts were coupled with some of America’s sweethearts like Jackie Evancho, and were sure to bring tears to the eyes of the audience.
Overall, this presidential concert was one fit for our new president. The acts were wholesome and geared towards the predominantly white crowd—good thing there wasn’t any dance music. With that, it’s clear that although many were in opposition, many were also thrilled with this inauguration. But all I can say is that I can’t wait to see what the future has to hold with this fantastic start!
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