There were many rumors that Kanye West would play Donald Trump’s inauguration after their sit down meeting but it turns out, he was never asked.
One simple reason – It’s a “typically and traditionally American event” and Kanye just doesn’t fit the bill.
Tom Barrack, the chair of Trump’s Presidential Inauguration Committee told CNN that they while Kanye “considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue.”
He continued: “The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda.”
This raises ONE BIG question – what does typically and traditionally American really mean?
If it means that he has to just be American than I think Kanye West fits the bill. He was born in Chicago (an American city) and lives in Los Angeles.
It’s also odd that Trump would pass up on Kanye – who himself announced that he would have voted for Trump if he bothered to vote – considering he had so much trouble booking any a-list celebrities for the inauguration.
A quick glance at his current lineup – Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Sam Moore, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, Big and Rich, and Jackie Evancho – gives you some insight to what typically “American” is.
At this point, just saying Kanye’s musical style didn’t fit such a formal event would have been more appropriate.