Katy Perry the lat­est in string of stars to sing Clin­ton’s praises

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Hil­lary Clin­ton doesn’t go out for the weekend with­out a star or two in tow. Three days be­fore the elec­tion, pop singer Katy Perry gave a Philadel­phia per­for­mance Satur­day hop­ing to boost the Demo­crat’s mo­men­tum. Su­per­star Jen­nifer Lopez head­lined a re­cent Mi­ami con­cert hop­ing to rally vot­ers for Clin­ton, and Fri­day night the US se­cret ser­vice said 10,000 hip hop fans turned out in Cleve­land, Ohio for a free star-stud­ded rally con­cert head­lined by power cou­ple Bey­once and Jay Z.

“All the cam­paign­ing in the world doesn’t mean any­thing if peo­ple don’t vote,” Clin­ton said, shortly be­fore pre­sent­ing her fer­vent sup­porter Perry, who al­ready stumped last year for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date. “When you get knocked down, which ev­ery­body does, what mat­ters is get back up,” Clin­ton said.

“Stand up for what you be­lieve. Know the power of your own voice.” The 32-year-old Perry then per­formed her hit “Roar,” a stan­dard on the White House hope­ful’s of­fi­cial playlist. Celebrity per­for­mances on the cam­paign trail are not unique to Clin­ton: Barack Obama at­tracted some 80,000 peo­ple to a 2008 Bruce Spring­steen con­cert in Cleve­land just days be­fore Amer­i­cans headed to the polls. De­spite strict con­trols at the door, the smell of mar­i­juana wafted through­out the stands at the first sounds of Jay Z. Sev­eral other top rap­pers ap­peared at the event in an at­tempt to woo young vot­ers.

The artists worked to in­still a sense of ur­gency in their fans just days be­fore the vote. Bey­once voiced pride at hav­ing had a black pres­i­dent for the past eight years, and called for the US to elect a woman this time. The Clin­ton cam­paign’s con­certs are aimed at at­tract­ing vot­ers who would rather spend their weekend nights any­where but an elec­tion rally. “I heard on the ra­dio ‘Katy Perry live,’” said Josh Burns, a 24-year-old ar­chi­tect. “I didn’t know it was a Hil­lary thing.” “It’s a good tac­tic, I like it.” But was the young voter con­vinced? “It’s good that artists are sup­port­ing Hil­lary,” he said. “It makes you re­al­ize how wor­ried they might be.”

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton (right) raises her arms with record­ing artist Katy Perry (left) dur­ing a get-out-the-vote con­cert at the Mann Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. — AFP pho­tos

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton looks at a cape worn by record­ing artist Katy Perry dur­ing a get-out-the-vote con­cert.

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