5. Garth Brooks
Apparently, Elton was wrong. Not every country superstar is willing to sing for Trump. Garth Brooks seemed like a shoe-in but eventually backed out. However, Brooks and his wife, fellow country legend Trisha Yearwood, had no problem singing for President Obama at this year’s Christmas tree lighting celebration.
6-9. Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Aretha Franklin
No surprises here. These four mega-stars were apparently offered ambassadorships as a way to entice them to the inauguration, but even that wasn’t enough to lure them in. Trump’s team has denied those accusations, but it doesn’t matter at this point.
10. David Foster
Though he’s not necessarily a household name, the artists David Foster has worked with, including some on this list, are. Foster is a legendary producer, pianist, and songwriter, but none of that talent will be on the stage in D.C. It was rumored that Foster was going to organize the whole thing, but he said that’s not the case:
“I was invited to participate and I politely declined. I have no idea where this story came from.”
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