At the moment, President-elect Donald Trump’s team is working to put together the businessman-turned-politician’s upcoming inauguration. However, despite their apparent willingness “to pay anything,” booking high-profile talent is proving to be a serious problem. Today (Dec. 22, 2016), it was reported that Celine Dion was approached about singing at the ceremony, but declined.
According to The Wrap, Mark Burnett, Trump’s co-producer on The Apprentice, led the effort to get Dion on board but couldn’t convince her to participate. Las Vegas hotelier Steve Wynn reportedly promised the team he’d be able to get her to perform, but failed to do so.
Thus far, the only artist actually confirmed to perform is Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old America’s Got Talent contestant. She will sing the national anthem at the event on Jan. 20, 2017.
Trump’s team planning the inauguration is staunchly denying any claims that they’re having difficulty finding talent.
“First class entertainers are eager to participate in the inaugural events,” Boris Epshteyn, communications director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee said to The Wrap. “The inauguration as a whole will be an exciting and uniting celebration of freedom and democracy. We will be releasing further details at the appropriate time.”