Michael Bloomberg, John Legend, Billie Eilish added as Democratic convention takes shape

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Legend, Billie Eilish, Common and Billy Porter are among the musical artists who will perform at next week's Democratic National Convention, officials said on Friday, while billionaire former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will get a prime-time speaking slot. The new names rounded out the schedule for the four-day event, which begins on Monday. The largely virtual affair, where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be nominated as the party's presidential and vice presidential candidates, has been dramatically scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Reuters August 15, 2020 02:10:33 IST
Michael Bloomberg, John Legend, Billie Eilish added as Democratic convention takes shape

Michael Bloomberg John Legend Billie Eilish added as Democratic convention takes shape

By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Legend, Billie Eilish, Common and Billy Porter are among the musical artists who will perform at next week's Democratic National Convention, officials said on Friday, while billionaire former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg will get a prime-time speaking slot.

The new names rounded out the schedule for the four-day event, which begins on Monday. The largely virtual affair, where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be nominated as the party's presidential and vice presidential candidates, has been dramatically scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Democrats are still hoping a star-studded lineup of speakers and singers will recapture some of the festive air that the convention boasts in more typical years, when tens of thousands of the party faithful fill an arena. The Chicks, the Texas band that recently changed its name from the Dixie Chicks amid a national reckoning on race, will also perform.

The party's leading lights - including former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton - will all speak in prime time.

Bloomberg, a late addition, will speak on one of the nights, though the schedule has not yet been finalized, according to a source familiar with the programming, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The former New York City mayor, who spent $1 billion of his own money on his abbreviated campaign, has vowed to spend heavily to defeat Trump, though he has not yet announced any specific plans.

Several other former contenders for the nomination will also appear, as the party seeks to present a unified front ahead of the Nov. 3 election pitting Biden against Republican President Donald Trump. The list includes Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cory Booker of New Jersey and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Former Vice President Biden will speak on Thursday, the convention's final night, while Senator Harris will do so on Wednesday.

Trump will accept his party's nomination for a second four-year term the following week at the Republican convention. The Republican Party has not yet released a detailed schedule.

Trump is expected to deliver an address on Aug. 27, and has suggested he will do so from the White House, despite objections from some Democrats and ethics experts about using the official presidential residence to stage a partisan event.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

Global equities break record as U.S. stocks waver after manufacturing data
Business

Global equities break record as U.S. stocks waver after manufacturing data

By Katanga Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global equities set both an intraday high and record close on Tuesday as markets as investors weighed the latest U.S. economic data for signs of a rebound and rising inflation while Wall Street's main indexes wavered before ending little changed. Graphic: Global asset performance http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn Energy shares were among the best performing during the session as the OPEC+ alliance agreed to hike output in July and gave a bullish forecast.

Zoom beats quarterly revenue estimates on steady demand
Business

Zoom beats quarterly revenue estimates on steady demand

(Reuters) - Zoom Video Communications Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue on Tuesday, benefiting from steady demand for its video-conferencing platform as people wary of the pandemic continued school and work from home. Zoom became a household name during the pandemic as businesses and schools switched to its video conferencing platform for virtual classes, office meetings and social catch-ups.

Cyprus sees nationalists gain in parliament vote
World

Cyprus sees nationalists gain in parliament vote

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) -Cyprus's ruling conservatives emerged as winners but failed to get an absolute majority in a parliamentary election on Sunday, with voters turning to smaller parties, including a right-wing party with links to Greece's now outlawed Golden Dawn.