Something for Everyone at the DNC’s Final Night

Carole King and Katy Perry headline the event ahead of Clinton's speech

Singer Carole King, left, does her sound check on stage at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Singer Carole King, left, does her sound check on stage at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted July 28, 2016 at 5:44pm

For the final night of the Democratic National Convention, the lineup of celebrities appealed to all generations.  

Kicking it off is singer and songwriter Carole King. The longtime girl power advocate plans to tell Hillary Clinton, “You’ve Got a Friend.” At 74, King is technically part of the Silent Generation, but she has been anything but silent over the years.  

Girl power music is set to also finish off the night with singer Katy Perry performing just before Clinton’s acceptance speech. The 31-year-old was on “Forbes” list of the highest-earning women in music from 2011 to 2015, and she her songs, from “Firework” to “Roar,” all feature a strong female voice.   

After King’s performance, the Democratic women of the Senate will give a presentation led by Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. Next on the bill is Sheila E. — most memorable for her collaboration with Prince, who died this year. The 58-year-old Baby Boomer joined forces with the pop sensation during the “Purple Rain” recording sessions, opened for his Purple Rain Tour and the two were briefly engaged.  

During the portion of the program called “An Economy That Works For All,” actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, longtime Clinton friends, will introduce speakers. Danson, 68, is best known for his starring role as Sam Malone  in NBC’s “Cheers” and has been active in a celebrity push against industrial offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean . Steenburgen, 63, made her debut in the 1980 film “Melvin and Howard,” and is a recognizable face among the millennial crowd, too, from her role in “Step Brothers” and “Elf.”  

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will introduce a film during the “An Inclusive America” portion of the evening. The 69-year-old Muslim convert has been active in discussions about race and Islam.  

Chloë Grace Moretz is the youngest celebrity in Thursday’s lineup to speak. The 19-year-old actress and model co-starred in this year’s “Neighbors 2” and she will play Ariel in a new version of “The Little Mermaid.” And, this is also her first year voting.  


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