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Following the recent report that Andrea Bocelli will not sing at US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, Welsh singer Charlotte Church has publically refused an invitation from Trump staff.
“@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye,” the singer tweeted, signing off her tweet with four “Pile of Poo” emojis.
Church, who rose to fame as a classical singer before branching into pop music, is only the latest in a series of artists to refuse an invitation.
Moby revealed that he had been invited to DJ at one of the inauguration balls, but jokingly agreed only on the condition that Trump release his tax returns.
A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which has been booked for the event, resigned from the group in a Facebook post that was shared around the world. “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him,” she wrote.
The New York dance troupe The Rockettes have also been booked, but the group’s management later said that no individual dancer would be forced to take part.
Singer Rebecca Ferguson also took to Twitter to reveal that she had been approached, but said she would only perform if she could sing Strange Fruit, a protest song about the lynching of African Americans. "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," she said in a statement.
So far – and with a little under three weeks before the inauguration – the only acts confirmed for the inauguration are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jackie Evancho, The Rockettes, Talladega College Marching Band, country music duo Big & Rich, and country rapper and songwriter Cowboy Troy.