John Legend to perform for virtual Democratic National Convention

Springfield native John Legend is scheduled to perform at the Democratic National Convention, a four-day virtual event beginning Monday, Aug. 17, culminating with Joe Biden’s formal acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination.

Joining the EGOT winner next week are Grammy-winning artists including Billie Eilish, The Chicks, Common, Leon Bridges, and Jennifer Hudson. Milwaukee is the host city for the convention, but due to the coronavirus pandemic Biden will accept the nomination from his home state of Delaware. Additional speakers and performers are expected to join elsewhere from across the country.

In particular, Monday night’s events will feature “a unique performance of our National Anthem” from a 57-person youth choir, with each member representing “one of the 57 states and territories as they perform from remote locations across the nation,” according to the convention statement.

Speakers include President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama and Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.

Others set to appear at the event include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Bill Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

How to watch

The Democratic National Convention will be livestreamed on from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern, Aug. 17-20.

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