The Democratic National Convention’s last evening was a one-woman show, with Hillary Clinton’s speech the main event. But stars still turned out to support the Dems, from appearances by Katy Perry and Chloë Grace Moretz on the floor to concerts with Lady Gaga across town.
Lady Gaga takes Camden
She didn’t make it onto the floor, but she got close enough. Gaga joined Lenny Kravitz at Camden Rising, a special concert for Democratic delegates, to perform a set of mostly covers — including a very timely cover of the Beatles’ Come Together.
Sen. Cory Booker introduced the singer, greeting her with a glowing speech and a big hug. “She is a person of extraordinary light, but she does not cast any shadows,” the New Jersey senator said. “She is a person that uses her star power to illuminate all corners of our country. She is a person with an amazing voice, but she inspires us to speak out and sing out.”
More young women voted for Sanders than Clinton in the primaries. In her speech, the actress appealed to fellow Millennials to show up for Hillary, referencing the low voter turnout that plagued the 2014 midterm elections.
“What’s wild is that nearly four out of five young people actually stayed home in the 2014 congressional elections,” she said. “Imagine what can happen if we all make our voice heard this November at the ballot box.”
Katy Perry tells her story
To tell the story of her support for Hillary Clinton, which has taken her on the road with the presidential candidate since the Iowa caucuses in February, Perry started by explaining her conservative, religious upbringing.
“I don’t have a formal education, but I do have an open mind and a voice,” she told the crowd, before showing off said voice with renditions of her new song Rise and the rousing favorite Roar, with her actor boyfriend Orlando Bloom filming from the arena’s upper seats.