Donald Trump's inauguration: a full list of who's playing and who isn't
Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, January 16, 2017 1:14PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:37AM EST
Angelina Jolie's dad, the runner-up from a talent contest and some of the guys who sang that moody Superman song will headline Donald Trump's inauguration later this week.
Oh, and country music superstar Toby Keith. Did you hear they got him, too?
After weeks of saying he doesn't care which celebs appears at his inauguration ("I want the PEOPLE!"), Donald Trump will have a mismatched assortment of semi-famous and obscure acts on hand for his "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" on Thursday-Saturday.
The number of celebrities at a president's inauguration means nothing for the future of his presidency, but it does signal the deep political rift that remains in the U.S. after a bitter election. Many celebrities avoided the soiree in an effort not to pick a political side, while others openly declared their disdain for the president-elect.
Even George W. Bush, whose election provided highly divisive in 2001, still managed to land several high-profile names for his inauguration. Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson and the pop band 98 Degrees all agreed to perform for his big day in Washington.
For comparison, here's a who's-who (or simply, who?) of the entertainers slated for Trump's inauguration.
Easily the biggest star of the bunch, Toby Keith says he's looking forward to performing for "our country and our military" at the inaugurations.
Keith has racked up several American Music Awards, Country Music Association awards and other honours for his work since 2002.
Hollywood actor Jon Voight – the only actor who didn't decline an invitation – will be among those in attendance at the festivities. The Oscar-winning Best Actor of 1978 was an outspoken supporter of Trump during the election campaign, at a time when most of his peers were rallying behind Hillary Clinton.
The first "Who?" on Trump's list is the 16-year-old runner-up from "America's Got Talent," who is expected to sing the U.S. national anthem.
Trump claimed that Evancho's album sales "skyrocketed" after she was announced as singer for the inauguration. However, Billboard says that wasn't necessarily the case. Evancho's album sales benefited from a bump around Christmas, which Billboard says is typical. However, she failed to crack the Billboard top 200 charts.
3 Doors Down
Also on hand will be the current iteration of 3 Doors Down, the rock band behind such hits as "Kryptonite" and nothing else. But the song did hit No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 back in 2000, so that's something.
Only two of five band members remain from their heyday.
Radio City Rockettes
Most of the Rockettes will be at the inauguration, although a few have dropped out in protest against Trump. Several reports suggest the dancing crew is divided over the performance.
Half of the soul duo Sam and Dave, best known for their hit “Soul Man,” has said he won’t let the “left side intimidate me,” adding that Trump has “got a big mouth, like me.” Moore, 81, has previously performed for five other U.S. presidents.
Country singer Lee Greenwood, best-known for singing "God Bless the U.S.A.," is expected to perform at what will be his fourth presidential inauguration.
Pop singer Tony Orlando joined the list of performers on Thursday. He is perhaps best known for his 1973 hit "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree," and has spent the last several years performing in Las Vegas.
Orlando will sing at the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball on Friday night, at the National Building Museum.
The Frontmen of Country
The Frontmen of Country are exactly that: an assortment of various country singers from other acts, including Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart and Richie McDonald.
The Piano Guys
The Piano Guys' claim to fame is their incredible YouTube channel, where they cover a wide range of pop music songs using classical instruments.
DJ Ravidrums, a.k.a. Ravi Jakhotia, is perhaps best-known for performing alongside better-known celebrities, such as Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones, Will Smith and Canadian Howie Mandel. "Ravidrums transcends with imagination with extreme energy & is complete unique," a biography on his website says.
Marching bands and more marching bands
Expect to see a lot of high school, community and military marching bands on inauguration day, with a long list of groups scheduled to take part in the "Voices of the People" event and inaugural parade.
Not Jennifer Holliday
Broadway singer Jennifer Holliday backed out of an agreement to perform at the show last week, following harsh backlash from her fans online. "I had no idea it would be interpreted as a political statement," she said in an interview. "That's my fault for not paying attention to what the climate is like in the country right now."
Not Rebecca Ferguson
British singer Rebecca Ferguson refused to perform at the inauguration when organizers said she was not allowed to sing "Strange Fruit," a protest song against racism.
Not B Street Band (i.e. fake Bruce Springsteen)
The New Jersey-based B Street Band drew criticism when they announced they would bring Bruce Springsteen’s iconic music to the stage at Trump’s inauguration.
The band announced Monday they had cancelled their plans to perform at a Washington gala before the inauguration, with band leader Willie Forte saying the decision was based on the respect they have for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Springsteen has spoken out about Trump, calling him a “flagrant, toxic narcissist,” in the past.
Not Andrea Bocelli
Despite initial rumours to the contrary, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli will not be performing at Trump's inauguration.
Some reports allege Bocelli backed away from the opportunity after receiving death threats. However, Trump inauguration organizers have said Bocelli offered to perform and Trump declined.
Not Kanye West
Despite taking a meeting with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York last month, rap superstar Kanye West will not be part of the inauguration festivities, as a performer or a guest.
Trump told reporters during the December visit that he and Kanye "have been friends for a long time."
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With files from The Associated Press