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After months of a presidential race that saw major engagement from Hollywood – everyone from Beyoncé to Ice Cube to Taylor Swift – entertainers are making a final push to encourage voting in the 2020 election.
Both major candidates, Republican nominee President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, spent the final day before Tuesday’s election making last efforts to woo voters in key states: Trump in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin and Biden in Pennsylvania.
Each politician added some star-power by enlisting the help of celebrities who have been vocal in their support for their respective campaigns. Other stars showed their support from home, sharing PSAs encouraging Americans to make their voices heard and offering tips for those voting in person.
John Legend says rappers supporting Trump are ‘in the Sunken Place’
Singer Legend, joined at different points by wife Chrissy Teigen and rapper Common, took the stage Monday night at a Biden-Harris rally led by Sen. Kamala Harris.
The singer and “The Voice” coach performed “Wake Up Everybody,” “Slow Cooker” and “Glory” with Common and criticized Trump’s plan for Black Americans as “fool’s gold.” At one point, he seemingly acknowledging rappers Ice Cube and Lil Wayne, both of whom recently expressed support for President Donald Trump.
“Some of your former favorite rappers have been taken in by these lies. I think they even founded a new supergroup, it’s called the Sunken Place,” Legend said, referencing a plot point from Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror film “Get Out.”
Lady Gaga remixes ‘You and I’ for Biden
Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, singer Lady Gaga performed at a drive-in rally for Biden at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where she encouraged those who hadn’t voted yet to make a plan for Election Day and mentioned she used to be engaged to “a man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania,” referencing her ex-fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney.
Gaga sang “Shallow” from “A Star is Born” and at one point, changed the lyrics to her 2011 song “You and I” to reference the Democratic candidate.
“Something about my cool Pennsylvania guy,” Gaga sang. “There’s something about Joe, you and I.”
‘Hamilton’ alum Leslie Odom Jr. reminds voters they may have to ‘Wait For It’
Leslie Odom Jr. channeled his former “Hamilton” character, Aaron Burr, for a calming election PSA to remind voters that election results might not be as immediate as they have been in years past, but that isn’t cause for panic.
“Every American who voted deserves to have their voice heard,” he said in a Twitter video atop audio of himself singing “Wait For It” from the hit musical.
“In this historic election, millions of you have mailed in your ballots or dropped them off, and all of us deserve to be counted. It may take time, but your vote is worth waiting for. And I’m willing to wait for it.”
Lil Pump thanks Trump at final rally
Introduced by Trump as “Little Pimp,” rapper Lil Pump spoke at the president’s final campaign rally Monday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan after endorsing him last week.
Trump later corrected himself: “There he is. How’s it going? Do you want to come up and say something? Little Pump. Does everyone know who he is? Do you know how big he is?”
The SoundCloud rapper, best known for his 2017 hit “Gucci Gang,” took the microphone for about a minute to tell Trump he appreciates “everything you’ve done for our country: You brought the troops home and you’re doing the right thing,” and encouraged those in attendance not to vote for Biden.
Bradley Cooper encourages Pa. hometown to vote
Gaga’s “A Star is Born” co-star appeared in a PSA for Now This highlighting the importance of Pennsylvania voters delivering ballots early and in person on Election Day to ensure they would be counted.
“There is a strong chance that that ballot, if it’s delivered after 8 p.m., will not be counted on the third,” said Cooper, a native of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. “There’s so much riding on this election. Human decency is riding on this election.”
Tracy Chapman makes rare TV appearance to encourage voting
The notoriously private singer Chapman made her first television appearance in five years Monday night on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” performing her song “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution.”
“Go vote,” she ended the song, exiting the camera frame as the word “VOTE” appeared behind where she stood.
Ted Nugent performs anthem for Trump
Rocker Nugent, who has long been a staple celebrity for Trump events, performed the national anthem ahead of Trump’s final rally Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Great job, thank you very much for everything,” Trump later said, addressing Nugent. “We appreciate it. I love your sound. I love your music.”
Khloe Kardashian joins ‘Ellen’ phone banking
In a Tuesday appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” reality star Kardashian helped get out the vote by joining show favorite 10-year-old presidential expert Macey Hensley to make calls encouraging Americans to head to the polls if they hadn’t already.
“You guys are the change and the voice that we need,” she told a voter from Houston.
Cardi B is waking up early to vote in-person
Rapper Cardi B reminded her Instagram followers Monday that Tuesday is their last chance to make their voices heard.
“If you know me you know I hate waking up early, but I’m going to wake up extremely early so I won’t get caught in them lines,” she said, but encouraged those who do meet long lines to stay patient, charge their phones and bring snacks.”
She added: “Your little one vote… can make a change. You don’t got to be famous… you just got to be you with your one vote.”
James Woods advises followers to ‘leave your MAGA hat at home’
Actor Woods, who has been vocal in his support for Trump, advised his Twitter followers not to wear “any political memorabilia to the polls tomorrow” – wearing apparel that expresses support for a candidate is prohibited at polling places in many states.
“Leave your MAGA hat at home,” he tweeted.
Jessica Alba meets voters in Arizona
The “Fantastic Four” actress and founder of the Honest Company met with Biden supporters at voting locations in Phoenix, at times joined by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Rep. Ruben Gallego.
For those who couldn’t meet her in person, she also encouraged Arizona voters on her Instagram account, which has nearly 19 million followers.
“Out here in Arizona!” Alba said in a video posted to her Instagram Story while friends held up Biden/Harris signs behind her in a car. “Get your vote on!”
“I am a Latina, I am an entrepreneur, and I just want you guys to know this world can be different; it can be better,” she added in a video for nonprofit Chicanos por la Causa. “Equality, opportunity, dignity — we deserve it. Our people deserve it.”
“Get your butt out there; go vote,” she said.
Katy Perry wins for wackiest election costume
In a total Katy Perry move, the pop singer dressed up as a giant “I Voted” sticker while standing on the side of a road, encouraging drivers to honk to “#honkifyoualreadyvoted.” She shared video of the experience on her Instagram page along with a portion of her song “Not The End of The World.”
“It’s not the end of the world / No, not the end of the world / Throw on your fancy attire, fears in the fire / Don’t lose hope,” she sang.
Contributing: KiMi Robinson, Arizona Republic