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Mary J. Blige, James Taylor and Marc Anthony Set For DNC


With the Republican National Convention wrapped up and Mitt Romney now that party's official nominee, the Democratic Party is prepping for their own confab and today announced that Mary J. Blige, Earth, Wind and Fire as well as the Foo Fighters will be performing the night President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden officially start their reelection campaign.

Blige is a favorite of the Obama administration's: she appeared at the 2009 inauguration and at a White House holiday event. James Taylor, Inspire the Fire, Marc Anthony and the folk rockers from Delta Rae will also perform at the Charlotte event starting next week.

Los Angeles MayoR Antonio Villaraigosa, chair of the event, said the musical talent "only adds to the excitement building in Charlotte for the historic week ahead of us."

"The tens of thousands who will attend convention events in person, and all those tuning in across the country, should be ready for quite a show," he said.

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  1. Note how there are no openly gay or bisexual male singers. Obama seems to have avoided them.

    I know there are hardly any such openly gay or bisexual men in the music industry - afer all, it is one of the most homophobic industries around when it comes to male homosexuality - but I would have expected better from the President. Are we simply going to be there as audience members?

    Posted by: jason | Aug 31, 2012 8:54:15 AM

  2. As a gay man I can count only 6 gay artists with any modicum of popularity in america. With a convention, you want to cast the broadest appeal possible, songs people know, faces people know. And I doubt that many people nationally are aware of many of even the most popular gay musicians.

    The only one I could think of that would be a smart pick would be Ricky Martin. He is from Puerto Rico, he is well known and has songs that are well known Nationally.

    I don't blame the president, you are trying to appeal to the entire country, and most gay artists simply aren't popular enough to garner national interest. And besides, it's not as if he is sitting there making these choices, its the DNC and Campaign staffers.

    There is only one Christian/Gospel act, despite the country being overwhelmingly christian. In regards to their choice on that front, it's a good choice. Inspire the Fire hardly ever uses religious language, and most of the songs are inspiration as opposed to religious. So it is clear with all of the DNC choices that they want to cast a big tent, appealing to the broadest group possible.

    If there was an extremely popular non polarizing gay artist, I'm sure they would have been chosen. For instance if Rufus Wainwright was more nationally popular, I'm sure he would've been considered. I would have probably made some of the same choiced he did.

    Posted by: BrandonJD | Aug 31, 2012 9:26:02 AM

  3. In case you guys missed it, The Scissor Sisters are performing for the DNC as well, just not at the main event. Not that having any "gay or bi" singers even matters.

    Posted by: reality | Aug 31, 2012 9:49:11 AM

  4. Ricky performed at Bush's convention so sorry Ricky......stay away is for the best

    Posted by: say what | Aug 31, 2012 11:00:47 AM

  5. Oh yeah, I forgot about Ricky at the RNC! Yeah, its better he doesn't in that case. Although it could be a inverse Zell Miller moment. The closeted Ricki dancing for the RNCE, and the Out and honest Ricki performing for the DNC. It would have some interesting symbolic implications about the republican party. :-)

    Posted by: BrandonJD | Aug 31, 2012 11:09:17 AM

  6. @ brandonjd

    ".. The closeted Ricki dancing for the RNCE, and the Out and honest Ricki performing for the DNC. It would have some interesting symbolic implications about the republican party. :-)"

    yeah, I can agree with that

    Posted by: say what | Aug 31, 2012 11:23:00 AM

  7. *barf*

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 31, 2012 11:24:00 AM

  8. so what they'll only be seat fillers not actual speakers as for Taylor and anthony it doesn't surprise me that either of them are democrats Taylor has been involved with the Serious Fun childrens network for years and that was founded by two of the biggest hearted liberals in Hollywood Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward. granted The DNC was never going to be able to get her as a surprise speaker as she's petrified to fly and supposedly has alzhiemers. as for Marc he's a puetro rican so he was a guarenteed democrat

    Posted by: Courtney | Aug 31, 2012 7:00:04 PM

  9. Marc anthony singing national anthem..only he can sing it.no one done it better than him before..

    Posted by: rushikesh | Aug 31, 2012 8:50:20 PM

  10. actually, having gay artists at your convention does matter. we deserve to be represented too, and to say "no, blacks, hispanics, everyone else is more important" is exactly whats wrong with that warped thinking of leaving LGBT out

    Posted by: Art Smith | Sep 1, 2012 2:43:30 AM

  11. @Jason: When you see the DNC you will see what America looks like. Black, White, Hispanic Asian, Native American, gay, straight, immigrant, native born, religious believers and unbelievers of every stripe, people of every economic state. This old white Navy veteran is so proud to be a part of this grand big tent political party. OBAMA/BIDEN in NOVEMBER.

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 1, 2012 3:41:37 AM

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