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General News    H4'ed 12/23/16

Why Even Trump-Friendly Artists Won't Perform at His Inauguration

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Weeks before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, the subject of securing performances has been contentious. Last night, the president-elect weighed in on the debacle (on Twitter, naturally), saying in his inimitable way that he didn't need 'so-called 'A' list celebrities.' 'I want the PEOPLE!' he tweeted. But according to top music managers, Trump's team has been hustling to secure a high calibre of talent and star-power for the event nonetheless. 'We've gotten calls that almost sound a little bit desperate: 'Does anybody want to perform?'' says Ken Levitan, a top music manager who represents liberal and conservative artists including Kings of Leon, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd and Emmylou Harris. 'At this point, we haven't had anybody that has any desire to perform at the inauguration.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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