Bocelli, who performed a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, was among the meetings scheduled that Trump’s transition team released. Jackie Evancho, the “America’s Got Talent” runner up, told “Today” on Wednesday that she will sing the National Anthem at the swearing-in ceremony, and Bocelli could have some role at that portion of the inaugural festivities.
Music industry sources say that many performers are reluctant to commit to the inauguration given the contentious and divisive nature of the campaign. “People are worried about the backlash,” said one executive.
But Trump himself has been drawing on his own relationships and contacts. He met with Kayne West earlier this week and appeared before photographers at Trump Tower, although West declined to say whether he would have a role at the inauguration.
The swearing-in ceremony is the highest profile assignment for an entertainer of the inaugural events. Beyonce sang the National Anthem at President Obama’s inaugural in 2013, in an appearance that was actually lip synced. Four years earlier, Aretha Franklin performed “My Country Tis of Thee” at Obama’s first swearing in ceremony.