Facing a dearth of musicians willing to align themselves with him, President-elect Donald Trump seems to have made the move many expected and tried to style out not having a big performance at his inauguration and make it seem intentional.

    Mr Trump originally wanted Elton John for the gig, but he was very much unwilling, and this week there's been rumours that Andrea Bocelli would perform at the 20 January event. Now, Chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee Tom Barrack has said Mr Trump's inauguration is "not about that kind of entertainment."

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    Minor performance of The National Anthem from a little-known America's Got Talent contestant not withstanding, it looks as though this framework will hold up a more low-key affair than Obama's inauguration - which featured a performance from Beyoncé - though it is very possible that this framework was forced on Mr Trump rather than designed by him.

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