With a revolving door of artists set to perform at the president-elect Trump’s inauguration ceremony, rumors swirled that Kanye West would lend his star power to a seemingly lackluster lineup. Confirmed performers include Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But Kanye West, a man who has sold tens of millions of albums and has won a roster of awards including several Grammys- is apparently not “traditionally American” enough to perform the event.
According to Jeremy Binckes of Salon:
The Trump friend, who was named one of Time’s most influential people in 2015, was not asked to perform at the swearing-in ceremony, a Trump team member told Erin Burnett on CNN Wednesday night: “He’s been great, he considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out. It’s perfect. It’s going to be typically and traditionally American. And Kanye is a guy, we just haven’t asked him to perform. We just move on with our agenda.”
— Unstripped Voice (@UnstrippedVoice) January 19, 2017
What’s more is that Kanye is a self-proclaimed Trump supporter- back in November he stated: “I didn’t vote but if would have voted for Trump.”
“I would have voted for Trump.” – Kanye West pic.twitter.com/g9qxaT7aRc
— billy (@billycrossover) November 18, 2016
Despite being “a friend” of Trump’s, outwardly voicing his support for the president-elect, was it really that he wasn’t “traditional” enough? What exactly is “traditionally American”, anyhow? Apparently, that isn’t the real reason he wasn’t asked because other stars who Trump’s campaign reached out to aren’t even American. Perhaps what was meant was he wasn’t “White enough”, or suitable enough for a predominantly white conservative audience?
That being said, let’s go over the other “traditionally American” singers the inauguration team has asked to perform for them.
There’s Elton John, who Trump transition members said was going to be performing — but isn’t performing. Elton John is English.
There’s Charlotte Church, who also declined an invite to perform. She’s Welsh.
There’s Celine Dion, who said in December she declined an invitation to perform during the inauguration. Celine Dion is Canadian.
Wonder why Kanye West didn’t get a call?
What do you think the real reason Kanye wasn’t asked? If asked, do you think Kanye would have accepted the invitation? Will you be watching the historic inauguration tomorrow?
(Article By Tasha Sharifa)