Here are the stars performing at King Charles III’s coronation concert — and the ones who declined
The celebration of King Charles III’s coronation is officially underway. Charles, 74, was crowned monarch of the United Kingdom on Saturday — the oldest monarch to ever take the British throne, the Deseret News reported.
On Sunday, the celebration continues with a star-studded coronation concert. Here’s a look at who is performing at the big event — and who declined.
Who is performing at King Charles III’s coronation concert?
Several artists will perform at a coronation concert Sunday night in honor of King Charles III. Some of the main acts include:
Andrea Bocelli and Sir Bryn Terfel: While most performers have been tightlipped about what they are singing at the big event, Bocelli has said Charles and Camilla requested that he and Terfel perform a duet of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a song he told People magazine is “a true tribute to solidarity.”
Take That: The group will be reuniting for the first time since 2019 for the coronation, per Marie Claire.
Lionel Richie: Richie, a longtime “American Idol” judge, will skip out on the show Sunday night to perform at the concert, the Deseret News reported. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and to be a part of it is everything,” he recently told Sky News,
Katy Perry: “American Idol” judge Katy Perry is also skipping out on the show to perform at the coronation concert. Perry told Extra that it’s an “honor” to perform at the concert — and that she’s looking forward to staying at Windsor Castle.
Zak Abel: A last-minute addition, singer-songwriter Zak Abel is taking the place of Freya Ridings, who had to unexpectedly pull out of the concert due to illness, Metro reported.
Nicole Scherzinger and Lang Lang: Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, accompanied by renowned pianist Lang Lang, will perform a track from “Mulan,” The Telegraph reported.
Other acts recently announced for the concert include Paloma Faith, Tiwa Savage, Steve Winwood, Olly Murs and club DJ Pete Tong, Variety reported.
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Who declined to perform at King Charles III’s coronation concert?
The following acts reportedly declined the invitation to perform at the concert:
Ed Sheeran: Ed Sheeran — who recently won a copyright infringement trial over his song “Thinking Out Loud” in a Manhattan federal court — declined due to scheduling issues, per Forbes.
Adele: Although Adele was at the top of King Charles III’s list, the singer declined the invitation, OK Magazine reported.
Elton John: Although King Charles and Queen Camilla were guests at his wedding, Sir Elton John declined the invitation due to scheduling conflicts, per Rolling Stone.
Harry Styles: Harry Styles, who is in the middle of a tour, also turned down the invite, the Independent reported.
The Spice Girls: The Spice Girls shut down rumors of a reunion at the coronation, stating that they wouldn’t have enough time to rehearse beforehand, according to Forbes.
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How to watch King Charles III’s coronation concert
The concert airs Sunday at 8 p.m. BST — 1 p.m. MDT — and will be available to watch via BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sound and BBC Radio 2, according to Billboard.