Published Oct 11, 2018The only way to make a meeting between Kanye West and Donald Trump even worse would be by inviting Kid Rock — and that's exactly what they've done.
The "American Bad Ass" has been added to the White House's guest list for today, when a group will gather for the ceremonial signing of the Music Modernization Act.
Also among those expected to be present is Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, who infamously told women in the music industry to "step up" after being shut out at the Grammys last year. He later announced he would step down from his role when his contract ends in July 2019.
The new piece of legislation was unanimously passed in the Senate last month, before it was again unanimously passed by the House of Representatives. The bill aims to streamline royalty payments for artists.
The signing is scheduled to take place at 11:45 a.m. EDT.
UPDATE (10/11, 12:20 p.m. EDT): West was not present at the signing. Kid Rock was, however, joined by other artists including the Beach Boys' Mike Love, Sam Moore, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of the Doobie Brothers, John Rich, Craig Morgan, and contemporary Christian band MercyMe. See a video stream of the signing ceremony below.
Presumably, West will meet with Trump and his senior advisor (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner for lunch afterwards. They are reportedly set to discuss manufacturing, prison reform, and the prevention and reduction of gang violence in West's hometown of Chicago.
West has yet to publicly acknowledge the upcoming visit to the White House, as he deleted Twitter and Instagram again last week.