Monday 23 October 2017

This is the reason why Kanye West wasn't invited to perform at Trump's inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP)
President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP)
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose for media at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Sasha Brady

Donald Trump's inauguration team have revealed why Kanye West wasn't invited to perform at the event.

It's no secret that Donald Trump struggled to find big-name stars to perform at the festivities surrounding his inauguration.

The event suffered blow after blow as everyone from Celine Dion to Elton John declined an invite. And the performers who did agree to sign on for the event have faced enormous backlash from some of their fans.

One celebtrity, however, who appeared keen to perform at the event was Kanye West.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose for media at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose for media at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

It was speculated that the rapper would be added to the bill of performers after he met with Donald Trump in Trump Tower back in December. The billionaire businessman told reporters that they had been friends for a "long time" and Kanye, after revealing that he didn't vote, assured people that he would have voted for Trump if he had gotten around to it.

So why wasn't Trump's outspoken A-list fan asked to perform at the inauguration?

It seems that the inauguration "is not the venue" for Kanye.

The chair of the inauguration committee, Tom Barrack, said Kanye wasn't asked to perform because the inauguration "is not the venue".

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive at a pre-Inaugural
President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive at a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He said that Trump prefers a musical line-up that is more "typically and traditionally American" before going to to say that he still thinks "Kanye is a great guy."

This is the man who also said that there would be a "soft sensuality" to the inauguration celebrations.

Apparently rap doesn't fit the theme.

Some of Trump's "perfect" line-up of performers include, Irish dancer Michael Flatley, 16-year-old America's Got Talent runner-up Jackie Evancho, country singer Toby Keith, early 2000's rock band, 3 Doors Down, some of the Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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