Written by LNTV Staff • Photography by Taylor Hill, WireImage • November 4, 2016
American musicians dive headfirst in preparation for Election Day, with only a few days remaining. Over the weekend we saw a great deal of action both on and off the stage from artists wanting to influence the outcome of this year’s “horrendous election,” as Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong described it at the MTV EMAs. Here are some highlights:
Friday, November 4
As promised, Queen Bey made an appearance on stage for the Clinton rally that took place in Cleveland this past Friday and later sported an "I'm With Her" shirt. Hosted by JAY Z, others joining the stage were rappers Big Sean, Chance the Rapper and J. Cole. Catch a snippet of their introductory speech uploaded by CNN:
Katy Perry expressed her support for Clinton with another politically inspired performance at the Mann Center in Philadelphia. Known for her eccentric outfits, the pop star came out dressed in a patriotic blue cape, with rhinestones reading “I’m with Madame President.” Clinton’s closing campaign video also features one of Perry’s most impactful songs, “Roar”; the ad is being run remaining battleground states.
Saturday, November 5
Over in Central Florida, Stevie Wonder performed a selection of songs preceding a speech given by President Obama at a rally in Kissimmee. Opening with a new song written specifically for Clinton’s campaign, the legendary Wonder closed out with his funky dance floor single, “Superstitious,” highlighting the hook, “when you believe in things you don’t understand, you suffer.” Watch coverage of this iconic performance here on C-SPAN.
Sunday, November 6
The Jam the Vote concert was held at The Capital Theatre in Port Chester, New York, and was hosted in part by HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy. Following a speech of gratitude towards the nation’s immigrants and outsiders for “making America what it is,” Win Butler of Arcade Fire performed a sweet rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” with musical support from the great Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Experience the patriotic show for yourself:
Monday, November 7
Following a performance at JAY Z’s get-out-the-vote event, Chance the Rapper hosted his own concert in conjunction with Virgin Hotels Chicago and his own nonprofit, SocialWorks. With help from other voting advocacy organizations, such as Boost Your Voice and TurboVote, Chance gears his efforts towards younger voters and those who don’t have easy access to the polls. Initially set to be held at Virgin Hotels in downtown Chicago, the event was relocated to Grant Park in order to accommodate a higher-than-expected capacity. Concertgoers were led to the nearest early voting center in a "#ParadeToThePolls," led by Chance the Rapper himself. Here's a recap of the live stream, sponsored by Boost Mobile:
Now edging on the final hours preceding the big day, Clinton has one remaining GOTV rally being held Nov. 7 at Independence Hall in Pennsylvania. Joining the stage will be rock 'n' roll forerunners and strong democratic advocates Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. “I haven’t really lost faith in what I consider to be the small amount of impact that somebody in rock music might be able to have," Springsteen tells Rolling Stone. “I don’t think people go to musicians for their political points of view. I think your political point of view is circumstances and then how you were nurtured and brought up. But it's worth giving a shot when it's the only thing you have."
In just a matter of hours, these measures will take a halt as the nation braces for the outcome of this year's election. Hopefully these mass efforts will not be in vain—make sure to get out and vote!