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Kanye West wasn’t asked to play Trump’s inauguration because he’s not “traditionally American” enough

on January 19, 2017, 10:50am

When “longtime” friends Kanye West and Donald Trump met up last month in New York, many speculated that the rapper had been asked to come down to the nation’s capital to perform at an official inauguration event. Today, Trump’s Inaugural Committee chair Tom Barrack refuted those rumors.

The reason why The Life of Pablo mastermind wasn’t offered the gig? It neither a money issue, nor a change of heart, according to Barrack: It was believed Kanye wouldn’t fit in with this week’s “typically and traditionally American” festivities.

(Read: Reagan, Trump … Kanye? How Entertainers Hijacked American Politics)

“We haven’t asked him. He’s been great,” he told CNN (via Stereogum). “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.” Something tells me they won’t be BFFs for much longer.

During their powwow at Trump Tower in December, it was reported that the businessman-turned-kinda-sorta-politician discussed wanting to get Kanye involved in an “entrepreneurial leadership” capacity. But I guess he had less “traditionally American” ventures in mind for the MC, none of which are of the prestigious 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith caliber.

Okay then. Surely the lineup below will make America great again.



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