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Common, Billie Eilish, John Legend among Dem convention musical acts


Democratic National Convention organizers announced Friday a list of musical acts expected to be featured at the party’s four-night nominating event next week.

Among the artists slated to perform at the largely virtual convention in Milwaukee are Leon Bridges, The Chicks, Common, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce and Stephen Stills.

The first night of the convention on Monday will also showcase a rendition of the National Anthem by a 57-person youth choir made up of members representing each of the 57 U.S. states and territories. They will perform remotely from across the country.

Convention program executive Stephanie Cutter said in a statement that the planned musical acts “will help us tell the story of where we are as a country today under Donald Trump’s failed leadership, and the promise of what we can and should be with Joe Biden as president.”

Cutter added that the artists “are committed to engaging with, registering and mobilizing voters to get us over the finish line in November.”

The news of the convention’s musical lineup comes after organizers on Tuesday revealed a list of prominent politicians and public figures who will deliver remarks during the event’s two hours of nightly programming from Aug. 17-20.

The Obamas and Clintons are expected to speak, as are leading voices of the party’s left wing, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

California Sen. Kamala Harris — who presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden named as his running mate this week — will likely headline next Wednesday night, with Biden delivering the keynote address on Thursday.

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