English singer Rebecca Ferguson was, so far, the only major name mentioned as a prospect to play at Trump’s inauguration ceremony on January 20th.
The singer wasn’t pleased about it, so she requested she be allowed to play ‘Strange Fruit’ there.
I requested to sing “Strange Fruit” as I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity and also as somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the #blacklivesmatter movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect.
But even that plan by Trump to add some celebrity and star power to his big day is falling apart.
Ms Ferguson has pulled out. In a statement this morning she said:
There are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform that I’m unable to share right now, but I will not be singing. However, I genuinely wish your nation nothing but love. I would also like to pay homage to a few of your great female artists: Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and the brave and remarkable Eartha Kitt and her beautiful untold story.
What is Trump going to do now? Who will actually play at his inauguration?
These are the only names confirmed so far: the Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and 16-year-old ‘America’s Got Talent’ singer, Jackie Evancho.
But even those names ran into problems:
One Tabernacle choir member quit in protest, and some Rockettes protested their inclusion in the event, as well. Company management later said members were not required to perform.
Maybe the man with small hands will tweet throughout his big day to entertain everyone?