Four million young people will be able to vote for the first time this year — and during Rock the Vote's Democracy Summer 2020 concert on June 18, this fact was repeated by many of the speakers and artists in the lineup. The organization used this virtual event to kick off its crucial call to action: vote this November.
The event, hosted by Rosario Dawson and Logan Browning, featured coheadliners Katy Perry and The Black Eyed Peas. Along with several actors and artists including Ne-Yo, Eve, Saweetie, Lucy Hale, and more, there were also special appearances by Rep. John Lewis and former Democratic presidential candidates Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren.
Thank you, @bep for honoring the Black lives we recently lost and the countless lives that did not make it to a hashtag. We’re asking everyone “Where is the love” in 2020. #BlackLivesMatter #DemocracySummer2020 pic.twitter.com/gEZ2QmYVkm— Rock the Vote (@RockTheVote) June 19, 2020
The Black Eyed Peas performed "Where Is the Love," and at one point, Will.i.am said, "If you can go on TikTok, then you can go vote and tick a box. If you can go on WhatsApp, then you can go vote and show them what's up. If you can go on Instagram, then you can instantly vote and change America." Meanwhile, Katy Perry's set included "Roar" and "Chained to the Rhythm," and she sang with the words "vote the change you want to see" written on the screen behind her.
As Senator Booker said, "Whether it is dealing with justice in policing; dealing with true ideals of public safety, which are not about law enforcement, it's about investing in people, investing in mental healthcare, investing in drug addiction, investing in education . . . all of these things are on the ballot. This is, indeed, the most important election of our lifetime."