Presidential candidates spend years preparing their election campaigns, and while winning debates or state primaries are important accomplishments, snagging an official endorsement from a reputable celebrity can help boost a candidate’s influence over voters leading up to voting day (Nov. 8 this year).
Over the years, election campaigns have garnered support from notable artists who have used their status to raise awareness on a candidate’s platform. Here are a list of celebrities who have officially endorsed presidential candidates over the years.
This election season is undoubtedly an interesting one, and as voting day nears, celebrities are taking matters into their own hands by offering their support for either Clinton or Trump. “The person that’s about to walk up on stage — not only am I voting for because of her beliefs, her strength, and the fact that she completely embodies the concept of women empowerment, I’m voting for her because I truly believe that there is nobody more qualified to run this country — our country — than our secretary of state, Hillary Clinton,” Lovato said of Clinton during a convention in Iowa earlier this year.
During the 2012 election, Beyonce joined “Women for Obama” along with other actresses and singers as they shared how Obama has kept women’s rights alive and what Obama’s re-election would mean to them.
3. Snoop Dogg, Hillary Clinton
Hillary has “dabbed” her way into the hearts of millions of Americans, including hip-hop vet Snoop Dogg. “I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we’re at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male’s train of thought,” Snoop said during an interview on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live!
4. Lil B, Bernie Sanders
The Based God — known for his gritty rhymes and distinctive sense of style — switched his endorsement from Clinton to Sanders back in 2015 after learning of Bernie’s involvement in the civil rights movement and support of Black Lives Matter.
The Harlem native isn’t one to conceal her opinions on any subject matter, and the 2016 presidential election is no exception. “Outside of his just really radical crazy statements… when you just take a second to listen to his plans for America, they make sense to me — logically,” Banks says of presidential candidate Donald Trump. “I think that Hillary Clinton… she’s just too general, she’s way too general, and you can tell that she has absolutely no idea what the f— she’s talking about.”
5. Pharrell Williams, Hillary Clinton
Pharrell stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show late last year, and when Ellen asked the producer his thoughts on the election, he simply replied with, “It’s time for a woman to be in there,” adding, “It’s Hillary time.”
6. Daddy Yankee, John McCain
Back in 2008, Obama ran against Sen. John McCain, and during McCain’s campaign run, reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee grabbed the mic to offer his official support, stating, “He’s been a fighter for the Hispanic community and I know that me personally, chose him as the best candidate [because] he’s been a fighter for the immigration issue.”
7. DJ Khaled, Hillary Clinton
An endorsement from the “Major Key” mogul is a notable accomplish, especially since the DJ has amassed a huge following over the years with his motivational Snapchat stories. He provided Hillary Clinton a few “Major Keys to Election Success” during his appearance on The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore before announcing that he’s endorsing the former senator.