With the midterm elections fast approaching (Nov. 6), numerous musicians have decided to use their massive platforms to encourage their fans to vote.
Taylor Swift sparked a national conversation about celebrity influence after she broke her political silence and endorsed two Tennessee Democrat nominees in an Instagram post on Oct. 7. Aside from Swift, countless musicians have spoken out about the importance of voting (and registering to vote) through social media posts, interviews and even songs.
Below, c heck out posts from some of the musicians who are using their influence to encourage people to vote.
Katy Perry took to Instagram to inspire fans that the only way to see change in the world, is to get out and vote. “The power of the people is greater than the people in power and we prove that when we vote,” Perry wrote.
TODAY is National Voter Registration Day!!! Need to register to vote? Check your voter status? Find local volunteer opportunities or sign up to get reminders for voting/absentee ballot dates and deadlines? I got you! Text CHANGE to 788-683 or go to rockthevote.org/chime The power of the people is greater than the people in power and we prove that when we vote. Sups easy, let’s do this fam —
On National Voter Registration Day, Bon Iver used Twitter to share the easy steps to register, calling it “the most important thing you can do today.”
It’s #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, America! Make sure you’re registered to vote on Nov. 6th. It’s quick, easy, and probably the most important thing you can do today!
— Bon Iver (@boniver) September 25, 2018
Moby was a little more upfront about where he stands politically in his Twitter post, warning fans of the results of “low voter turnout.”
These are the faces of the Republican Party in 2018. The only way the Republican Party, the party of racists, misogynists, and oil billionaires, stays in power is because of low voter turnout. Which is why we must: #registertovote and then on November 6: VOTE. #nationalvoter… pic.twitter.com/QNDTjcirlD
— moby X?X (@thelittleidiot) September 25, 2018
Swift’s post earned her both praise and backlash, even prompting criticism from President Donald Trump. According to nonprofit organization Vote.org, registrations spiked by 65,000 in just 24 hours after her post.
I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ——
Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara, while Canadian citizens and unable to vote, took to Twitter to remind their followers about voting registration deadlines.
New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma! Today is your last day to register to vote! DO IT! https://t.co/fC4KIdkxbw
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) October 12, 2018
Maggie Rogers kept her “daily reminder” to vote, simple and straightforward.
vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote
just here w ur daily reminder —
— Maggie Rogers (@maggierogers) October 22, 2018
John Legend, inspired fans to vote by doing what he does best: singing. Legend shared a short video on Twitter singing to his followers, “Come together/ We can make the world much better.” He encouraged fellow musicians to spread the word by singing and sharing their own version with the #GetUpAndVote.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) October 23, 2018
Following Legend’s lead, Christina Aguilera shared a powerful video of her own take on Legend’s song.
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) October 23, 2018
Kelly Clarkson also accepted Legend’s challenge, sharing her own video on Twitter. She reminded fans that it doesn’t matter who they’re voting for, as long as they are “using their privilege of living in a country where you can vote.”
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) October 23, 2018
Jewel quoted “Dancing in the Street” in her Twitter caption, as she put her own spin on Legend’s song.
— Jewel (@jeweljk) October 23, 2018
Justin Bieber took to Twitter to tell his 105 million followers, “There are so many things people need help with,” and he hopes they will take the opportunity to vote and make their voices heard. Bieber, a Canadian citizen, is ineligible to vote in the United States, but he reassured fans: “I would if I could.”
Living in the US I see how this country affects not only people here but all around the world. There are so many things people need help with that I hope all of you who can get out and Vote and make your voices heard. I would if I could 🙂
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 24, 2018
Meek Mill spoke with CNN from prison, where he was serving a sentence for probation violations. “The most important thing I want to say is vote,” Mill said. “Let’s vote for people that’s into justice reform and helping urban community. ‘Cause you know, we’re being affected by it but we’re not voting.”
The Guns N’ Roses frontman shared a photo of him mailing his ballot.
Vote Blue… Bitches!!———- pic.twitter.com/vciYbuvWpt
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) October 29, 2018