The Backstreet Boys declined to perform at Trump's inauguration ceremony tomorrow (Jan. 20), but they could have.
Band member Brian Littrell admits someone connected to Trump's team reached out to him personally to help secure a performance for the event, but for one reason or another (he cites Vegas rehearsals as to why they can't), it didn't end up working out.
If it were up to Littrell? The Backstreet Boys would play for Trump.
“Hollywood needs to chill out, all right? You’re talking about the commander-in-chief, right? We’re talking about respect," he told a TMZ photog. "They asked me to ask the guys to sing. It just didn’t work out. I would’ve been there if I could’ve. But we’re starting rehearsals for our Vegas show. So it’s like it just couldn’t happen.”
Then Littrell showers Trump with golden praise: “He’s gonna do so many great things, in my opinion…I have faith in the system. I have faith in his character, his beliefs, and his balls. Let’s just put it that way.”