Beyonce to Perform at 'Get Out the Vote' Concert for Hillary Clinton
UPDATE: Billboard can confirm that Beyonce will be joining Jay Z for tonight's "Get Out The Vote" show in Cleveland, Ohio in support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Lamar "Mars" Edward, a member of the 1500 or Nothin' band that will be performing with the rap mogul at the event, tells Billboard, "Rehearsing every day has been, how can I say… a little extensive. [Laughs] But it’s gonna be definitely well worth it ‘cause we’re not only playing for Jay Z, we’re playing for Beyonce too and other artists as well so we have to learn everybody’s song."
When asked if the songs carried a specific theme, Mars offered, "It's just a Jay Z and friends so it’s not like specifically a certain theme like the B-Sides show and he was only doing B Sides. He's doing songs like "PSA," and possibly "Freedom" from Beyonce so there are some songs with messages that we may or may not be performing."
Beyonce will lend her powerful voice to Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.
The “Lemonade” singer is likely to join her husband Jay Z on stage at Cleveland’s "Get Out The Vote" show on Friday (Nov. 4), just four days before the 2016 election, according to an article published by CBS.
Billboard reached out to a Beyonce spokesperson for comment.
Both Jay Z and Beyoncé have backed Clinton in the past, attending fundraisers for the Democratic nominee. Though a high-profile appearance in Ohio, with the election so close and tight, is timed for maximum effect.
A huge turnout in the African American community for Clinton in the swing state of Ohio could be a crucial victory in the race against Republican Party representative Donald Trump, political observers say.
The Clinton campaign is making a concerted push for Ohioans to cast votes early, notes CBS, which first reported Beyonce’s addition to the lineup.
Jay Z has been drumming up excitement for the show. The rapper and businessman shared a rare tweet ahead of the concert, “11/4 Cleveland. Let's make history (again)," he typed. "Thank you to the incredible artist dedicating their time this Friday!"
As Clinton’s campaign makes its final push in the battleground states, the politician has showed-off a support cast featuring the music community's top guns. A series of events dubbed "Love Trumps Hate" stars Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Jon Bon Jovi, among others, while The National, Cher, James Taylor and many more are getting behind the presidential hopeful. Superstar British singer Adele has publicly endorsed Clinton's bid, even though she doesn't have voting rights. "I can't vote but I am 100 percent for Hillary Clinton. I love her," she told fans at a recent concert.