Report: Garth Brooks Won’t Perform at Trump Inauguration Day

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 16, 2016 Updated: December 16, 2016

Country singer Garth Brooks won’t perform at the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Donald Trump, according to a report.

An insider close to Brooks told TheWrap that the singer won’t be performing. “The insider would not elaborate on why Brooks declined to perform,” TheWrap wrote, citing its source.

His publicist has declined to comment on the matter. Trump’s team also hasn’t issued a comment.

Earlier this month, Brooks told TMZ that he’d be open to performing. “It’s always about serving. It’s what you do,” Brooks said.

Last week, his publicist said he was in talks to perform. “Garth has performed for the five living presidents,” publicist Nancy Seltzer told Reuters last Friday. “While rumor has it that he has been asked to perform for President-elect Trump, he has not been able to commit yet.”

Brooks didn’t publicly endorse either Clinton or Trump.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Jackie Evancho would perform the U.S. national anthem at the ceremony. 

“Honored to have @jackieevancho performing the National Anthem at the @TrumpInaugural Ceremony,” Trump aide Boris Epshteyn tweeted.

Evancho, 16, also confirmed the announcement on Wednesday. “I am so excited. It’s going to be awesome,” she told NBC’s “Today” show. “I felt really honored to be able to sing for the office. It’s a great honor for me.”

On Tuesday, Trump met with Kanye West, fueling speculation that the rapper would take the stage on Inauguration Day. West, however, declined to comment on the matter when questioned by reporters at the Trump Tower in New York.

Instead, West later tweeted about the meeting, saying violence in Chicago, bullying, and education were issues the two men discussed.

And last month, a representative for Elton John, who supported Hillary Clinton, insisted that he wouldn’t be performing for Trump after there were reports saying he would. “Incorrect. He will NOT be performing,” the publicist wrote, reported The New York Times.

A “Hollywood insider” told TheWrap that the Inaugural Committee was holding talks with Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, and Lee Greenwood.