Kanye West does not need to be invited to this year's presidential inauguration The event is an American tradition and West would just take away from the event. The inauguration should be attended by those who want to contribute to the peaceful transition of power--not those who just want to make a name for themselves.
With all of the people who have turned down the opportunity to be in the inauguration, there's no reason that they should have invited Kanye West. He would have just bragged that he was invited on Facebook and then he would have been all proud of himself for turning it down. It would have been a stunt.
In the past, the performers at the inauguration have almost always reflected the personal tastes of the President being inaugurated. What, if anything, does Kanye West have to do with Donald Trump? Maybe Trump is a fan. Maybe not. Can't his inauguration be as distinctive as Obama's were without someone playing the race card. Also, there's a certain amount of people-pleasing that goes on in the planning of an inauguration. in addition to time constraints. Not everyone who might like to, or people think should, can perform.
No, the fact that the inauguration is a "traditionally American event" is not a good reason for Kanye West to not be invited to perform. The only way it would be a good reason would be if the performer was not a part of American culture. Not only was he born in the United States, but he has been a large part of American culture for the past decade.