Katy Perry's Powerful Performance, Hillary's 'Hamilton' Shoutout and 8 More Musical Moments from the 2016 DNC
By Sophie Schillaci and Meredith B. Kile
Leading up to Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the official Presidential nomination for the Democratic Party on Thursday, she was cheered on by many musical friends and fans, who lent their talents to supporting the first female nominee from a major political party.
From Katy Perry's powerful Olympic anthem to Elizabeth Banks' star-studded a cappella cover, here's a look at the best musical moments from the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
1. KATY PERRY
Perry, who has been stumping for Clinton since before the primaries, took the stage on the final night of the convention to address the crowd prior to her performance, urging viewers and fans to register and vote.
"On Nov. 8, you'll be just as powerful as any NRA lobbyist. You'll have as much say as any billionaire," she told the crowd. "Or you can just cancel out your weird cousin's vote if you'd like."
Perry, who had boyfriend Orlando Bloom supporting her from the convention crowd and was snapped holding her hand backstage, then performed her Olympic anthem "Rise," before launching into her powerful ballad "Roar."
2. HILLARY'S HAMILTON SHOUT-OUT
While accepting her nomination as the first female presidential candidate from a major party, Clinton couldn't help but shout out 2016's other dominant political headline: the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton.
"Thought we may not live to see the glory -- as the song from the musical Hamilton goes -- let us gladly join the fight," she told the crowd. "Let our legacy be about planting seeds in a garden you never get to see."
Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda was predictably thrilled with the shout out, sharing on Twitter, "I'm with her. #AndShesBeenListeningToDiscTwo!"
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3. DEMI LOVATO
Lovato called on personal experience to deliver her address about mental illness on Monday, recounting her own experience with seeking treatment and calling on politicians to support laws that would "provide access to better healthcare and support for everyone."
Following her remarks, the 23-year-old delivered a powerhouse performance of her hit single, "Confident." (Lovato's performance begins at 02:05.)
4. ALICIA KEYS
Keys used her platform on Tuesday to address the issue of gun violence. Before launching into a performance of "Superwoman," Keys told the crowd: "I dedicate this song to the mothers of the movement and all mothers who have lost their sons and their daughters to senseless violence. Until we deal with gun violence in this country, we can't claim home of the brave."
Later, she rallied for unity within the Democratic party. "Tonight is a celebration because we are stronger together," she declared. "Let's acknowledge our differences and celebrate them. Dr. King said, 'The last word must always be love!'"
5. ANDRA DAY
Day kept her focus on the performance, showcasing her absolutely stunning vocals on "Rise Up" without additional commentary.
Elizabeth Banks called on her (many) famous friends to deliver a star-studded a cappella rendition of Rachel Platten's "Fight Song." Among those lending their support to the project: Mandy Moore, Aisha Tyler, Connie Britton, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Jane Fonda, Julie Bowen, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Sia, cast members of Pitch Perfect, and many more.
"There's harmony and strength in many, many voices and I just felt like that message would be carried if we made that kind of video out of 'Fight Song,'" a smiling Banks told ET moments after she exited the stage.
7. BROADWAY'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST
Menzel returned to the spotlight on Wednesday to kick off a rousing rendition of "What the World Needs Now" with the "brightest voices of Broadway." In pre-performance introduction, the song was dedicated to "the lives affected by gun violence." Among those joining Menzel in the serenade were Kristen Bell, Debra Messing, Audra McDonald, Darren Criss, B.D. Wong, Rosie Perez, Ben Vereen, among many others.
8. LENNY KRAVITZ
Kravitz brought some rock and roll to Philadelphia on Wednesday with a smooth showing of "Let Love Rule." Following his jam session, Kravitz kept his remarks brief. "One God, one planet, one people, and love is the only solution," he told the crowd.
Prolific singer-songwriter King took the stage on Thursday to sing her 1971 classic, "You've Got a Friend."
10. SHEILA E.
Prince's former musical collaborator, who performed an emotional tribute to the music legend at the BET Awards last month, joined Pete Escovedo on stage during the final night of the DNC to perform a stirring rendition of "La Cuna."