Donald Trump’s Inauguration Committee Reportedly Booked Performers, But Shh, They’re a Secret
You just, um...can't know about them yet.
The inauguration committee for President-Elect Donald Trump has reportedly booked performers for two inaugural balls — the Freedom Ball and the Liberty Ball — this coming weekend at the D.C. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, but they're not saying who...on purpose.
"The committee is not releasing their names for fear they will get intense blowback and back out," TMZ reports.
"The committee, we're told, now knows the drill. Performers like Jennifer Holliday accept the invite but then get cold feet after fans and others go on the attack. So the committee is doing everything possible to keep the names under wraps."
After initially agreeing to perform, Jennifer Holliday became one of the many acts to refuse the President-Elect Trump invite upon receiving fan backlash online, admitting she was “uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history." She then apologized "for causing such dismay and heartbreak."
"My Way" singer Paul Anka was also supposed to perform, but then backed out because of a pesky child custody battle.
Oh! Did we mention it's super cheap, too?! "Tickets, we're told, will go on sale for $50 a pop."
Even still, scalpers are having trouble getting rid of the tickets for the inauguration of a predominantly unfavored incoming President. (Unless you, like Donald Trump, believe the favorability polls are rigged.)
Trump does have some public performers and supporters in his corner: America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho is still scheduled to perform in spite of backlash, and actor Jon Voight and Caitlyn Jenner will be in attendance.
See you on Friday.
Celebrities Who Refused to Perform at Donald Trump's Inauguration: