Trump Inauguration: Who’s Going, Performing, and Boycotting?

With President-Elect Trump’s inauguration happening this Friday, details are beginning to emerge about its scale and grandeur.

Dozens of celebrities have already said they will refuse to perform at Trump’s big day, including Elton John, Garth Brooks, and Andrea Bocelli. Others, like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Radio City Rockettes, have come under heavy scrutiny for their upcoming performances, even though the gigs were secured before the election took place.

Despite claims from the Trump team that the inauguration and its related events will be modest, the committee responsible for its execution has already raised more than $90 million in private donations, according to weekend news reports.

As it turns out, that number is historic!

So, who will be performing at Friday’s peaceful transition of power?

Jackie Evancho

Evancho is a 16-year-old singer who has been described as a “prodigy,” making her first major appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2010. Placing second on the show, she went on to release six studio albums, three live albums, and 31 singles. She even performed for President Obama at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree in 2010.

The Rockettes

America knows the Radio City Rockettes as the highly-talented and instantly recognizable dance company from Trump’s city of New York. They have performed at Super Bowl half-time shows, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and even the 2001 inauguration for President Bush.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Another widely-known musical group, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has sung at seven presidential inaugurations for Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and the first Bush. They also performed in the inaugural parades for Presidents Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43.

Toby Keith

The country music star behind patriotic tunes like “American Solider” has received criticism for his commitment to play at Thursday’s inaugural concert. He’s not backing down, however, telling Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military.”

3 Doors Down

Adding an “edgier” variety to the inauguration’s overall sound is 3 Doors Down. While they are not as popular as they once were, they will be performing alongside Greenwood and Keith at the inaugural concert.

Lee Greenwood

Greenwood is probably best known for his song, “God Bless the USA.” He’ll be taking that same patriotic tune to the big stage for Thursday’s inaugural concert, where he will perform alongside Keith and 3 Doors Down.

Who will be there in a non-performance capacity?

Naturally, President Obama and the First Lady will escort Mr. and Mrs. Trump to the capitol, where they will be joined by most members of Congress, Cabinet members, Justices of the Supreme Court, Governors, and other invited guests. Former Presidents Bush, Clinton, and Carter will also be in attendance.

Hillary Clinton, who has remained fairly quiet since the election, will attend. Several Democratic members of Congress, however, have said they will not.


C-SPAN will broadcast the entirety of the Trump inauguration on Friday starting at 7 a.m. EST. 

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Stephen N. Perkins envisions a world where individuals are empowered to fulfill their God-given potential, collaborate with others, and take ownership in the well-being and success of their communities. He helps emerging leaders inspire others and influence change. Stephen founded OUTSET in 2014 and currently serves as the network's Editor-in-Chief. He primarily writes about civic and political engagement, education, media, and culture. He also hosts a self-titled podcast on which he speaks to young conservative leaders in activism, business, and media. In addition to OUTSET, Stephen is a communications specialist and leadership coach. Originally from Houston, Stephen now lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.