Donald Trump’s lack of popularity with the entertainment industry has resulted in a lack of singers to perform at his inauguration ceremony.
Many of the music industry’s heavyweights had campaigned for Hillary Clinton during the elections, and have refused to switch lanes despite Trump’s victory in the November polls.
One of these acts is rapper 2 Chainz, who turned down an offer from Trump to perform at his inauguration ceremony on the 20th of January.
In a video on his Instagram, the Riot rapper revealed he had always wanted to visit the White House under outgoing president Barack Obama, but was never invited.
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“I usually leave a lot of shit to myself, but I wanted to go to the White House but I never got invited,” 2 Chainz says in the video. “I see all them beautiful pictures of everybody going to all these parties. I just wanted to say what’s up to Barack. We all come from a troubled past but I see him give people some really big chances. But anyway, it didn’t happen and I’m cool with that.”
“But then Trump calls management — I know they only doing this because they can’t get nobody else — and they want me to perform for the inauguration.”
He continued, “I had to say ‘Nah,’ no matter how much money it was. I probably won’t be going to the White House no time soon.”
Singers Elton John and Celine Dion have also reportedly rejects invites from Trump’s camp to come and perform at the inauguration.
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It’s surprising that 2 Chainz was never invited to the White House, as President Obama was openly pro-hip hop during his term. His farewell party last Friday had a number of hip hop stars, including Beyonce, John Legend and Usher.
The only known acts that are confirmed to perform at Trump’s inauguration are country star Toby Keith and rock band 3 Doors Down.
Singer Jennifer Holiday had agreed to perform, but had dropped out after a section of her fans had expressed their disappointment.
Holiday said in a statement reported by TMZ,: “I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans,”