With the Presidential Election Just One Year Away, See Which Candidates Artists Are Supporting

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Cardi B attends the 5th Annual Diamond Ball benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street on Sept. 12, 2019 in New York City. 

As of Sunday (Nov. 3) we are exactly one year away from the 2020 presidential election. Who knows which candidates will be still standing 364 days from now in the crowded scramble to succeed Pres. Trump? One thing that is becoming clear, though, is that a number of artists are raising their hands to be counted as supporters of some of the leading democratic contenders.

Whether it's John Legend heaping praise on surging Sen. Elizabeth Warren in an interview or Jack White plugging in to play a show for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Detroit -- a favorite of rapper Cardi B as well -- even this far out some artists have already indicated who they're lining up with.

Check out some of the thumbs up (which do not qualify as official endorsements) below.

White rocked an Oct. 27 rally at Cass Technical High School for Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Legend told Vanity Fair that his favorite candidate is Warren. "She's the best candidate running today and she comes at it with joy and with sincerity and with a wealth of knowledge and experience." Legend's wife, model/TV host Chrissy Teigen added, "I love Elizabeth Warren," noting that she's also down with another candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris.


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Ben Harper opened for South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at the Iowa Democrats' Liberty and Justice Celebration on Nov. 2, performing "People Lead" (with remixed lyrics that said "When Pete takes the lead"), as well as "With My Own Two Hands" and "Call it What it Is," ending with a shout of "Pete Buttigieg for president!"

Cardi B has made no bones about how hard she stans for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. She recently interviewed him about mimimum wage a few months after Sanders quoted Cardi's comments about the importance of strengthening Social Security.

Jon Bon Jovi helped New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker reach a key donor threshold needed to qualify for this month's Democratic debate on Sept. 29 when he sent Booker supporters a letter asking for donations for the former Newark mayor's cash-strapped campaign. Bon Jovi also hosted a fundraiser for Booker in the Hamptons in August and another one in Red Bank, New Jersey, in March.

Weezer's River Cuomo plugged in for tech exec Andrew Yang's Yangapalooza rally last week at the Brenton Skating Park in Des Moines, Iowa, with the crucial caveat that he is not endorsing the candidate whose big idea is to give every American adult a $1,000 a month living wage.

Mandy Moore got a special message from Buttigieg's campaign in March after she donated to the cause and the singer/actress also introduced the small-town mayor at a Hollywood grassroots fundraiser in August.

Dispatch are also feeing the Bern, with members drummer/singer Brad Corrigan and singer/guitarist Chad Urmston performing at a Sanders rally in New Hampshire last Wednesday.

Add Jason Mraz to that list as well, since he recently reposted a Sanders campaign video on his website and wrote a passionate note about the issues he's concerned about, concluding, "After much deliberation, I’m proudly endorsing Bernie Sanders for President. To me, he’s the only candidate who can continue to drain the swamp. Mainstream media & big government want you to think he’s finished. He’ll never win. They said that about Trump... From now until the primaries I will be supporting Bernie Sanders for nominee.

Brandi Carlile reportedly hopped on the Bernie Express earlier this year when she reportedly ran into Sanders in the Las Vegas airport and was so taken after snapping a photo with him that she offered to perform at a campaign event a few weeks later in Vermont.

T.I. has spoken out, too, with the proudly bipartisan rapper telling the ladies of The View last week that he thinks Sanders is the one to beat Trump. "From me, it's anybody but Trump 2020," he said. "Anyone who's fair and decent and not an international embarassment. Right now, the only person I see who has a base strong enough to oppose him is Bernie [Sanders]." T.I. publicly endorsed Sanders in the 2016 campaign.

Prince's old band, the New Power Generation, performed at a Sanders rally on Sunday (Nov. 3) at the Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.


Get Up Stand Up!

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While he dropped out of the race last week, Texas' Beto O'Rourke got a big thumb's up from Willie Nelson, who played a Turn Out for Texas rally with Willie Nelson in Oct. 2018, during which the former punk rocker and U.S. Rep dueted with Nelson on "On the Road Again."

Former N'SYNC member Lance Bass tweeted in January that he thinks Harris would "make an excellent president."