As our artistic, professional, social, and genetic superiors, we have much to learn from celebrities. Would you risk voting for a candidate who doesn't vibe with your Spotify playlists? That's not a risk worth taking, fellow Americans. So, as the agonizing trot toward the 2016 presidential election pushes on, we decided to take the political pulse of the music world.
First, let's explore Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's endorsements.
Top 40 pop stars Ariana Grande, a vocal opponent of our democratic experiment, and Ellie Goulding have both tweeted their support of Clinton. Hillary also has the coveted support of Beyoncé, making good on her weird public fascination with Queen Bey.
American Idol winner turned politician Clay Aiken once advocated for Clinton, but has since rescinded his endorsement of the "leaky boat" candidate; he now favors Vice President Joe Biden, who's not running, or possibly Donald Trump, who's a dangerous moron.
Jon Bon Jovi may or may not support Clinton. The New Jersey rocker threw her a fundraiser, but he's also serious bros with fellow Jersey guy/Republican Gov. Chris Christie. RuPaul tweeted, "You betta work, @HillaryClinton!" Grammy-winner Carole King is also on board, as is Jennifer Lopez, who told E! she's, “very excited by the news. I think it’s time for a woman."
Clinton, decidedly un-hip herself, does have some support from the hip-hop community. Ja Rule, that shout-rapping early-'00s throwback, told Fox Business, "I'm a Democrat, so yeah, so I would vote Hillary," but also confirmed that Jeb Bush is a "good candidate," something that must have brought great joy to his beleaguered campaign.
"Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" R&B singer Ne-Yo is, "Looking forward to seeing what happens to her when she gets into a position of power, so to speak," the Hill reports.
Snoop Dogg thoughtfully offered the following on Bravo show Watch What Happens Live: “Just to have a woman speaking from a global perspective as far as representing America, I’d love to see that. So I’ll be voting Ms. Clinton." Waka Flocka Flame, speaking with MTV, endorsed Clinton, but he harbors his own presidential ambitions, despite being too young for the office at age 29.
Fascinating rap-game enigma Lil B has kept us guessing about his motives, at first singing "You gonna win that presidency," referencing Clinton, and then pivoting with a tweet reading, "Right now it’s all about Bernie.”
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders — who recently went on record as a fan of "disco music" and Celine Dion in Rolling Stone — committed his own musical crimes in the '80s (click here, for the love of God, click). Still, for a crotchety, 74-year-old long-shot candidate, Bernie has amassed a strikingly cool roster of rock-star supporters. Here is a partial list of musicians supporting Sanders, culled from the candidate's website:
- Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)
- David Crosby
- Bob D’Amico (The Fiery Furnaces, Sebadoh)
- Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs)
- Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes)
- Anthony Kiedis and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- Maureen Herman (Babes in Toyland)
- Brad Terrence "Scarface" Jordan (Geto Boys)
- Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc)
- Wayne Kramer (MC5)
- Zoë Kravitz
- Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
- Bonnie Raitt
- Killer Mike (Run the Jewels)
- Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh)
- Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)
- Serj Tankian (System of a Down)
- Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)
- Loudon Wainwright III
- Mike Watt (The Stooges, Minutemen)
- Lucinda Williams
- Hans Zimmer
- Chris Ballew (Presidents of the United States of America)
- Jackson Browne
- Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go’s)
Neil Young also backs Sanders. The rock 'n' roll deity shamed the Trump campaign in June for its unauthorized use of his 1989 song "Rockin' in the Free World," with Young's manager noting, "Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America."
Speaking of Republican candidates, the field of GOP-supporting musicians is predictably bleak.
You've got Ted Nugent pulling for Trump ("His campaign is just what the working hard, playing hard American families have been waiting for," he informed WABC New York). Wayne Newton's down with The Donald, too, according to Fox News.
Kid Rock — who's not a fan of "Obummer" — supports Ben Carson, telling Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, "The guy makes a whole lot of sense to me.” Or does Kid support Trump? Rock described the hair-pieced fuckboy as "entertaining as shit" to Rolling Stone.
Tony Orlando told ABC News that Mike Huckabee is “the most trusted man I’ve ever met in my life,” so there's that.
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