Today in Tha Wire it's sad and hard to believe...but it's true, the Trump inauguration is going to happen this Friday.  Equally true, many people will be boycotting the event, most celebs refused invites to perform and many Americans don't even plan to watch it on TV. Recent news reports say the lack of enthusiasm has a lot to do with the President-Elects approval rating. Going into the inauguration Trump has the lowest numbers in the history of any incoming President at 40%.  Another words, the majority of Americans don't like the man.

In contrast President Barack Obama, has the highest approval ratings of any outgoing President at 60% and the highest prior to taking the oath in 2009, which was at 84%. Crazy right?   In line with Trump's ratings, his entertainment line-up is getting smaller and smaller by the day.  Apparently nobody wants to perform for the man either.  Well almost nobody.  Inauguration performers include 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, America's Got Talent teen opera singer Jackie Evancho, The Rockettes and Mormon Tabernacle Choir. That's it!

Iconic broadway singer Jennifer Holliday was confirmed to perform, but backed out a couple of days ago.  She even penned an open letter to apologize for her “lapse of judgment!” Read Holliday’s full letter below:

TO MY BELOVED LGBT COMMUNITY:

Please allow me this opportunity to speak to you directly and to explain why I originally made my decision to perform at the inauguration which was what I had thought would be my simply keeping in my tradition of being a “bi-partisan songbird” having sung for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.

I was asked to sing a song for what was presented to me as the “Welcome Concert For The People”– in my mind I was reflecting on the past times of being asked to sing for presidents and I only focused on the phrase “For The People”… I thought, For America!

I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country… Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

In light of the information pointed out to me via the Daily Beast article on yesterday, my only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!

I Sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.

Please know that I HEAR YOU and I feel your pain. The LGBT Community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you… You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded.

Thank you for communicating with me, I had no idea that I still meant so much to all of you.

Thank you for your posted comments both the good supportive ones as well as the ugly hurtful ones.

With LOVE & Appreciation,

JENNIFER HOLLIDAY
“The Original DreamGirl”

Meanwhile rap super star, 2 Chainz, joins the laundry list of celebs who rejected the invite to perform at any of the inauguration events like Elton John, Celine Dion, The BOSS Bruce Springsteen, KISS, Garth Brooks and many others.  Chainz uploaded the video below and explained where he stands on the matter.

Awwwe I hope Obama sees this and gives my man the opportunity to meet him and see the White House up close, before he leaves.

Meanwhile one rapper is cherishing his experience meeting President Obama, and that's J. Cole.  Overnight Cole dropped a new track for fans and the POTUS, High for Hours.
The rapper basically gives up the details of the once in a lifetime encounter and describes what it was like to meet the President, and what it meant to him.  According to reports Cole reflecting on the meeting and the incoming President-Elect is especially bittersweet. He said he's dealing with the same fluctuating emotions of anger, bewilderment and fear that has engulfed many Americans, as we wait to see what Trump is going to do once he’s in office.
Take a listen to J. Cole’s High for Hours below and let us know what you think.

Classic J. Cole.  I'm sure President Obama appreciates the love.  Tune in for the scoop on all things entertainment with Tha Wire daily, on The People's Station 107 Jamz.