Inauguration Update: Backstreet Boys Asked to Perform, Inaugural Ball Dance Song Revealed
According to the Washington Examiner, an unnamed source says that the Trumps will dance to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.” “Trump plans to take the floor as the 45th president at the Liberty Ball just as Nashville-based jazz singer Erin Boehme delivers opening song ‘Mack the Knife,’ which will be live broadcast for tens of millions of Americans to watch on TV,” reads the report.
When Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s eldest daughter, heard the news, she tweeted about the irony of the opening line of the song: “And now, the end is near/And so I face the final curtain.”
She went on to clarify that she does not hope for Trump to fail as President.
In the ever-confusing tic-tac-toe board of confirmed and denied inaugural performers, Tom Barrack, the chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, told CNN that Kanye West — a “friend” of Trump — was never invited to perform because his music didn’t fit the bill of the “typically and traditionally American” entertainment that they expect to have at the ceremony.
“[Kanye’s] been great, he considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue,” said Barrack. “It’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, we just haven’t asked him to perform. And we move on with our agenda.”
Meanwhile, Azealia Banks said that she would “love to perform” at the inauguration in a Facebook post, and Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell said that “Hollywood needs to chill out” about bashing the President-elect. He also noted that he was asked to ask the Backstreet Boys if they would perform at the inauguration. “They asked me to ask the guys to sing, but it just didn’t work out,” Littrell told TMZ. “I woulda been there if I could’ve, but we’re starting rehearsals for our Vegas show, so it just couldn’t happen.”