R. Kelly denies Trump inauguration gig as 'simply untrue'


The list of artists not planning to play Donald Trump's inauguration continues to grow much longer than those who have officially signed up. The latest to shoot down rumors of an inaugural gig is R. Kelly, who tweeted on Thursday night (Jan. 12) that it is "simply untrue" that he'll suit up for the New York real estate mogul's big day next week.

The post entitled, "End.Of.Story" features the statement in a large yellow box with the important denials in bolded red and Kelly explaining that "Despite the rumors circulating online, R. Kelly will not be performing at this years inauguration ceremony."

And Kelly wasn't the only one clarifying that they wouldn't be joining the celebration of the former Celebrity Apprentice star's rise to the highest office in the land. After a week of rumors, Marie Osmond also took to Twitter on Thursday to essentially say the same. "Many of you have seen various stories saying that I volunteered or that I am performing at the inauguration. So let me be clear!" wrote the singer.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: Singer Marie Osmond attends Paul Mitchell Schools' 11th Annual FUNraising Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: Singer Marie Osmond and comedian Jo Anne Worley attending the 11th Annual Paul Mitchell Schools' 2014 FUNraising Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 04: (L-R) Andrea Schroder, Marie Osmond and Ricky Schroder attend Paul Mitchell Schools' 11th annual FUNraising Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 17: Guest co-host and new grandmother Marie Osmond debuts the latest addition to her family, a grandson, on THE TALK, Friday, January 17, 2014 on the CBS Television Network. From left, Marie Osmond and Stephen Craig Jr., shown. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 07: Marie Osmond perform at BB&T Center on December 7, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 11: Singer Marie Osmond attends the grand opening of Olivia Newton-John's residency show 'Summer Nights' at Flamingo Las Vegas on April 11, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond attend news conference at the Flamingo Las Vegas on October 2, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 07: Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond perform at BB&T Center on December 7, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 10: Marie Osmond arrives at the BTJA Critics' Choice Television Award at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
PROVO, UT - MAY 15: Singer Marie Osmond (L) and one of her sons leave the funeral of her mother Olive Osmond on May 15, 2004 in Provo, Utah. Olive, the matriarch of the famous Osmond family, passed away last Sunday at age 79 from complications of a stroke she suffered over two years ago. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
PROVO, UT - MAY 15: Singer Marie Osmond (L) talks to one of her sons as he points to balloons that were released at the funeral of Olive Osmond on May 15, 2004 in Provo, Utah. Olive, the matriarch of the famous Osmond family, passed away last Sunday at age 79 from complications of a stroke she suffered over two years ago. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - JUNE 27: Singer Marie Osmond (R) and son Stephen Osmond attend the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ATI)
Marie Osmond, Olive Osmond and Donny Osmond during Fashion Show for 'Olive's Kids' at New York, New York Disco in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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"I had no intention of performing at this inauguration, no matter who won!" Osmond went on to explain that though she has performed for several presidents and at a number of charitable White House events, she tries to "stay out of politics." Osmond's name got into the mix because in an earlier interview this week she said "when it comes to our country, we need to unite, and to not support our president I think is wrong."

Osmond and Kelly join a growing roster of acts who have either turned down the honor or made it clear they would if asked. Among those who have reportedly said no thank you according to a number of reports and tweets are: Andrea Bocelli, Moby, Charlotte Church, Elton John, Céline Dion, Kanye West, Rebecca Ferguson, Garth Brooks, David Foster, KISS and Idina Menzel.

And while Trump earlier claimed that he wasn't interested in "A-list" celebs at his inauguration, just one week out the announced performance roster is one of the thinnest in recent memory, comprised of fellow reality TV star America's Got Talent winner Jackie Evancho, Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy and most of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Radio City Rockettes. At his press conference this week, Trump promised unnamed "tremendous talent" for his event.

In contrast, President Obama's first inaugural in 2009 featured a historic all-star tribute called "We Are One" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that had performances from Beyoncé, U2, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Brooks, Josh Groban, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Shakira and Jennifer Nettles, among many others.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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