Election 2016: The Musical

Starring Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and ... Beyoncé?

Election 2016: The Musical

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Beyoncé joined husband Jay Z on stage at a get-out-and-vote concert in Ohio earlier this week to endorse Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"This is history," Beyoncé told the crowd, according to USA Today. "I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman leading the country ... that's why I'm with her."

Trump attacked the pair following the appearance, saying 

She is one of many musicians who have nailed their colours firmly to the mast ahead of one of the most pivotal US elections in recent decades.

Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper joined Beyoncé and Jay Z in Ohio on November 4th to endorse Hillary Clinton, before leading thousands to the polls in his hometown of Chicago.

 

 

 

“If you didn’t hear, this is what they call a battleground state," Chance the Rapper said in Ohio. And Clinton's supporters, he said, are "ready to go to war."

Pussy Riot

Founding Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova responded to the now infamous "Trump Tapes" by releasing her own track called 'Make American Great Again'. (WARNING: The video contains scenes and imagery that will be disturbing to many viewers).

Aphex Twin

Eclectic British producer Aphex Twin is using the election to announce his first US gig in over eight years. However, he hasn't throw his backing behind either candidate.

El Vy

The band contributed a song called “Are These My Jets" to Dave Eggers' anti-Trump musical project '30 Songs 30 Days'. Singer Matt Berninger also told Rolling Stone he was "a little bit in love" with Clinton. 

The project also featured contributions from REM and and My Morning Jacket.

Madonna

Although she did not release new music during or in support of a campaign, the singer has still been vocal - performing an acoustic concert encouraging voters to choose Clinton on Monday.

"If Trump were elected we would be at war in no time at all. The whole world is laughing at us right now. I can only imagine what Trump writes in his emails. Wait - can he even write?? Wake up people this is not a reality show," she said in another Instagram post.

The Naked Cowboy

The entertainer has been showing his backside for Donald Trump, moving from New York's Time Square to outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

His election song goes as follows: "If you really wanna make America great again, vote for the man whose name is on my rear end / Vote Trump, vote 2016. Language, borders and culture."

 

Death Cab For Cutie

Singer Ben Gibbard spoke about their anti-Trump track 'Million Dollar Loan' - asong which highlights what they call a "particularly tone deaf" moment in Trump's campaign.

"While campaigning in New Hampshire last year, he attempted to cast himself as a self-made man by claiming he built his fortune with just a ‘small loan of a million dollars’ from his father. Not only has this statement been proven to be wildly untrue, he was so flippant about it. It truly disgusted me," he said. "Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unworthy of the honor and responsibility of being President of the United States of America, and in no way, shape or form represents what this country truly stands for. He is beneath us."

Queen

The band called out Trump for using 'We Are The Champions' as his entrance music at the Republican National Convention. Comedian John Oliver then led the charge for musicians against improper use of their music for campaigns.

“If artists want to lend their music to politicians, that’s fine, but it is not OK for politicians to just take their songs,” Oliver said on Last Week Tonight. “This happens every single election and it is time for musicians to come together and take a stand.”

 

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

The country band appeared on Fox And Friends, where they performed their anti-Hillary song 'Stand Up And Say So'.

The song includes the lyrics: "I got sick and tired of you stealin’ my money, To pay for jet airplanes and limousines."

 

Blink 182

Blink 182's 'All The Small Things' provided the soundtrack to one of the most popular Vines created that spwaned from the campaign.

 


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