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Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz says he won't perform at Trump inauguration


Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is the latest musician to report that he won't be performing at the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20.

According to a video posted on Instagram, Chainz said he always wanted to go to the White House during President Obama's term but was never invited.

He then said that his management received a phone call from Trump's team asking him to perform at this week's presidential inauguration, but Chainz wasn't falling for the okey-doke.

“I know they only doing this because they can’t get nobody else, and they want me to perform for the inauguration. I had to say ‘nah,’ no matter how much money it was. I probably won’t be going to the White House no time soon,” he said.

It's unclear if, when or how all of this may have taken place, but it certainly would have been an interesting choice for Trump's team to reach out to 2 Chainz considering the rapper's song, "100 Joints."

The song, released in Spring 2016, took aim at comments made by Trump about Muslim Americans. It featured quotes attributed to Trump which suggested that Muslims harbor hatred toward American people.

So far, the list of confirmed performers for the Trump's inauguration includes country singer, Toby Keith,  3 Doors Down, a rock band, and teenage opera singer, Jackie Evancho.

On Jan. 14, Jennifer Holiday -- who had previously agreed to join the festivities -- issued a statement saying she would not be performing at the inauguration.

In an interview with the Associated Press , the Broadway star best known for her award-winning turn in "Dreamgirls," apologized to her fans, particularly the LGBT community who she said launched her career.

"I had no idea it would be interpreted as a political statement," she said. "That's my fault for not paying attention to what the climate is like in the country right now."

Other performers who were asked to perform but declined include Andrea Bocelli, Elton John, Celine Dion, Kiss and more.


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