Kanye West Snubbed By Trump’s Inauguration Because He’s Not “Traditionally American”
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:12:28
President elect, Donald Trump will be inaugurated tomorrow, January 20th 2017 — making him the 45th president in the history of the country. It's safe to say that Mr. Trump is one of the most divisive candidates in American history, and whilst he has been met with broad condemnation, he has also not won much support from the arts and culture community. One person from the world of music, Kanye West, has been very vocal in his support of Mr. Trump, perhaps more than any other artist. The two men met not long after the election results were announced, and West had recovered from a period of hospitalization due to exhaustion.
However, it has been revealed today by Trump's Inaugural Committee chair Tom Barrack that Kanye West wasn't invited to perform at the inauguration. The omission of Trump's most famous supporter was not one of money, nor a change of heart, but one of West's lack of cohesion with the event. Speaking with CNN, Barrack stated, that Kanye wouldn't fit in with this week's "typically and traditionally American" festivities. "We haven't asked him. He's been great…. He considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it's not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it's perfect. It's going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, but we just haven't asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda."
Following the meeting between the two men at Trump Tower in December, it was reported that the president elect discussed wanting to get Kanye involved in an "entrepreneurial leadership" capacity. Not known as a gentleman who handles rejection well, it remains to be seen if Kanye will be happy to continue as a Trump collaborator.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff