Presidential Inauguration: Who will play?

On January 20th our new president will swear into office in front of the capital building with thousands of people in attendance. Over the years, at the inauguration standing in the cold, or inside at the inauguration ball there have been performances and musical guests playing for the president such as Aretha Franklin, Kelly Clarkson, and even Beyonce singing for both the 2009 and 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama. But the big question for 2017 is, who will play for president elect Donald Trump?

There have been musicians in 2016 who have expressed how they felt about Trump, from making statements to the media, or even writing songs about him in a bad light, just as the band Death Cab For Cutie has with their song, “Million Dollar Loan.” There was an announcement from Trump’s staff  that Elton John would be playing for him, but later John responded by strongly stating that he would not be playing in the inauguration.

This is a sensitive situation for performing artists. The country is at odds about Trump becoming president in January and musicians can have influence over fans but can also lose fans with one move. If accepting this opportunity, they are telling their fans who they support politically and that can help them, or fail them if their fan base don’t share Trumps political and personal views.

There is recent news that young vocalist Jackie Evancho will be performing at the swearing in ceremony for president elect Donald Trump. Evancho is a classical vocalist that is 16 years old, she has sang in the talent competition America’s Got Talent at the age of 10 years old and winning runner up in the show and continued her singing career up to today. She has performed many venues and events and has said that she is excited to be performing in January. With a young voice performing at the event, it should be an interesting day in Washington D.C.


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