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With under a month left to book performers for his inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump has had a significant number of "no, thank yous" from stars — whether they've been invited to perform or not. Performers like Andrea Bocelli have even reneged on performing after major backlash from fans. We reported that the #BoycottBocelli movement gained so much momentum he bowed out, but seems to still have an open invitation to the White House. So far there are two confirmed acts for the big day. Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old who gained stardom on America’s Got Talent will be performing. Not sure who she is? Check out this song she did for The Hunger Games. Radio City Music Hall's The Rockettes will be performing at the inauguration, and despite questions whether they would be required to after dancer Phoebe Pearl made a fuss, it is voluntary. Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company James Dolan said in a statement, “We are honored that the Rockettes have again been asked to perform in the upcoming inauguration festivities.” **UPDATE** Mikyl Cordova of the MSG Company told Mashable, "Women are never compelled to perform whether for regular performances or inaugurations…we had more Rockettes request to participate than there were spots." Pearl's now deleted Instagram post that outlined her dissatisfaction of being drafted in to play at Trump's swearing in ceremony  The Wrap is reporting rumors that offers of money, ambassadorships and diplomatic positions are being dangled to those that can pull in big names for the event. Trump has already taken to Twitter to backtrack on wanting a big party:

Even foreign performers like Swedish star Zara Larsson, are sticking to the American response as well. At the BBC Music Awards she said, "A lot of artists out there have been very pro-Hillary and anti-Donald. So I would never do it and most other smart people wouldn't do it." '80s British pop star Rick Astley joked, "Depends how big the cheque was!" His final reply however, was that "whether it was Donald Trump or anybody else, I'm not sure I'd want to go and play at the inauguration of an American president. I don't think that's a place for a British artist to be, to be honest." So far, those on the no list, outside of obvious picks like Katy Perry, include: Elton John - After a false report that Sir Elton John would be performing, his publicist wrote, "Incorrect. He will NOT be performing. There is no truth in this at all." Celine Dion - Steve Wynn made a promise he couldn't keep when saying he could get Dion to perform. KISS - They have the excuse of touring in Europe. While Gene Simmons' wife was vehemently opposed, Gene himself took a more generous stance. Kanye West - Even Kanye won't get on stage for his new BFF. Garth Brooks - Brooks was quoted as saying performing should be considered a "service," but has since decided to sit it out, no further explanation given. Idina Menzel - The Broadway star told Vanity Fair, “I think it’s karma, baby ... Maybe he’ll just have to sing something himself. He probably thinks he has a great voice; he thinks he does everything great.” Ice T - "I just got [called] to perform at the inauguration," he wrote. "I didn't pick up and blocked the number." John Legend- If his stance wasn't clear, Chrissy's comments on Twitter sealed the deal. The Chainsmokers - The answer of no came about with a joke about the group from New York Magazine’s Brian Feldman, but it's a solid no. Adam Lambert responded when asked if he'd do the gig for money, "I don't think I would take the money on that one." The Dixie Chicks - Dixie Chicks manager Simon Renshaw told TheWrap, "If anyone does do it, I hope that the check that they get is in the nine figures. Because it’s probably the last check they’re ever going to get.

Eric McCormack: The Will and Grace star told TheWrap he would perform at the inauguration in exchange for a “Lobotomy. My whole brain removed from my head…I don’t know what the line-up will be, but I hear Scott Baio’s doing dramatic readings.”

Both parties have historically garnered major names in showbiz for inaugurations including everyone from Mickey Rooney to Ethel Merman, Bob Dylan to Beyonce and Marion Anderson to Barbra Streisand.