Paul Anka will not perform 'My Way' at Trump inauguration ball

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Paul Anka told TMZ Friday that he has to back out of plans to perform "My Way" for President-elect Donald Trump at an inauguration ball next Friday, though that decision is not out of protest.

Anka says that Trump is a long-time friend of his and personally invited him to perform at the inauguration gala ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where he would have perform "My Way" as Trump danced with his wife, Melania. Instead, Anka had to cancel due to a scheduling change in an ongoing custody case for his son. Anka said that he had always been planning to perform on Jan. 20 "for the office and for our country."

"If I had done it, I would hope there would be some understanding for my motivation for it and judge me accordingly," said Anka.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Paul Anka attends the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Musician Paul Anka and Lisa Pemberton attend the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Canadian-born singer and songwriter Paul Anka sings during a concert prior to the opening of the Swiss Indoors ATP 500 tennis tournament on October 20, 2014 in Basel. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Paul Anka and Guest attend the 2014 UNICEF ball presented by Baccarat at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on January 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 14: Singer Paul Anka performs onstage during the 2014 UNICEF Ball presented by Baccarat at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on January 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for UNICEF)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 02: Singer/songwriter Paul Anka attends The Los Angeles Police Foundation's 15th Anniversary True Blue Gala at Paramount Studios on May 2, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20: Singer/songwriter Paul Anka attends the 18th Annual LA Times Festival Of Books at USC on April 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LA Times)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 16: Paul Anka signs copies of his autobiography 'My Way' at Indigo on April 16, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 15: George Stroumboulopoulos interviews Paul Anka on 'George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight' at CBC Broadcast Centre on April 15, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Singer/actor Paul Anka visits at SiriusXM Studios on April 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
BRENTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 15: Singers Chris Mann and Paul Anka attend a private listening party for Chris Mann's album 'ROADS' hosted by Irving Azoff, Monte Lipman and Ron Fair at Ron Fair's private residence on October 15, 2012 in Brentwood, California. Chris Mann's album 'ROADS' will be released October 30, 2012. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: SiruisXM host Opie Hughes (R) and singer, songwriter and actor Paul Anka attend 'The Opie & Anthony Show' at SiriusXM studios on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, PA - MAY 27: Paul Anka performs at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 27, 2012 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Anna Anka and singer Paul Anka arrive to The Heart Foundation Gala at Hollywood Palladium on May 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 19: Singer Paul Anka is seen leaving the 'Bristol' hotel on July 19, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - DECEMBER 01: Paul Anka performs at the State Theater on December 1, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight, (12:00 - 1:06 a.m., ET), following 'Nightline,' featuring a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 included Regis Philbin, Paul Anka and musical guest Yelawolf. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/ABC via Getty Images)PAUL ANKA, REGIS PHILBIN, JIMMY KIMMEL
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 10: Paul Anka performs at Le Casino de Paris on November 10, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Getty Images)
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Anka's decision comes as the performer list for the inauguration finally takes shape. It was announced Friday that country singer Toby Keith and rock band 3 Doors Down will perform next week, with "America's Got Talent" contestant Jackie Evancho singing the national anthem.

When asked if he shared Trump's political views, Anka quipped, "You're gonna have a better chance getting sunrise past a rooster on that one."

Watch Anka's remarks to TMZ in the clip above.

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 521

Pictured: Jackie Evancho

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 532 Live Season 5 Finale

Pictured: (l-r) Future Funk, Jackie Evancho

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Live Season 5 Finale - Episode 53

Pictured: (l-r) Michael Grimm and Jackie Evancho

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Pictured: Jackie Evancho performs on NBC News' 'Today' show

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3900

Pictured: (l-r) America's Got Talent runner up Jackie Evancho during an interview with host Jay Leno on September 23, 2010

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'America's Got Talent' runner-up Jackie Evancho sings at Tribeca Prep's 'Spirit of America Play,' giving Harper a run for her money as she takes the stage for the first time.

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The co-hosts welcomed ten year old classical crossover soprano Jackie Evancho who performed on 'The View'.

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Muhammad Ali and Jackie Evancho attend an intimate evening with David Foster and Friends in support of organ donor awareness at a private home on November 19, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.

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US President Barack Obama stands alongside Santa Claus and 10-year-old singer Jackie Evancho from 'America's Got Talent' at the conclusion during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, December 9, 2010.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3952

Pictured: Musical guest Jackie Evancho performs on December 15, 2010

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Jackie Evancho, Patti LaBelle and Josh Groban perform during Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center on May 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Diane Sawyer, Jackie Evancho, Tom Hanks and Jay DeMarcus attend the Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center on May 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Young singing sensation Jackie Evancho performed on 'The View,' 12/6/11.

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Jackie Evancho and her brother, Jacob arrive at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

(Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Actress Jackie Evancho of 'The Company You Keep' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

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Robert Redford stars, produces, and directs a new move 'The Company You Keep,' which premiered at TIFF on Sunday Sept. 9, 2012. He gives co-star Jackie Evancho a hug on the red carpet.

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Jackie Evancho visits 'Extra' at The Grove on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)

Gigi Hadid and actress Jackie Evancho attend 'The Company You Keep' New York Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on April 1, 2013 in New York City.

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TODAY

Pictured: Jackie Evancho appears on NBC News' 'Today' show  

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Jackie Evancho and Barry Manilow pose for a photo during a rehearsal for the 'A Capitol Fourth 2013 Independence Day Concert' on the West Lawn of the US Capitol on July 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.

(Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

Jackie Evancho performs during the A Capitol Fourth 2013 Independence Day Concert rehearsals at the National Mall on July 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Jackie Evancho performs at the 25th National Memorial Day Concert at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Singer Jackie Evancho attends 'America's Got Talent' season 9 post show red carpet event at Radio City Music Hall on September 10, 2014 in New York City.

(Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)

Gerald McRaney, Anthony Kearns, Danielle Bradbery, Colin Powell, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, Caleb Johnson, Dianna Wiest and Jackie Evancho onstage at the 25th National Memorial Day Concert finale at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

(Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts)

Singer Jackie Evancho attends the Celebrity Fight Night gala at Palazzo Vecchio during 2015 Celebrity Fight Night Italy benefiting the Andrea Bocelli Foundation on September 13, 2015 in Florence, Italy.

(Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

Singers Jackie Evancho and Andrea Bocelli perform at the white party dinner hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli sponsored by Cartier during 2015 Celebrity Fight Night Italy benefiting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation at Andrea Bocellis private residence in Forte dei Marmi on September 11, 2015 in Florence, Italy.

(Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

Classical crossover star Jackie Evancho poses for a photo during A Capitol Fourth - Rehearsals at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.

(Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

Magee Hickey and Jackie Evancho attend Project Sunshine's 13th annual benefit celebration on May 05, 2016 in New York, New York.

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Project Sunshine)

Classical crossover star Jackie Evancho performs at A Capitol Fourth concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.

(Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)

Singer Jackie Evancho performs during Project Sunshine's 13th annual benefit celebration on May 05, 2016 in New York, New York.

(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Project Sunshine)

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