Billie Eilish and more stars are headed (virtually) to this year's Democratic convention.
Organizers of the 2020 Democratic National Convention on Friday announced that the event scheduled to begin next week will feature performances from Leon Bridges, The Chicks, Common, Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Billy Porter, Maggie Rogers, Prince Royce, and Stephen Stills.
While the Democratic convention was originally set to take place entirely in person in Wisconsin, it has since been revamped into a primarily virtual event, with even former Vice President Joe Biden himself set to accept the party's nomination for president from Delaware. These artists, too, are expected to deliver their performances remotely, People reports.
As CBS notes, Legend and Hudson previously performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Most recently, the 2016 convention featured performances from artists including Alicia Keys and Katy Perry. Stephanie Cutter, program executive for the DNC, in a statement said that the stars set to perform this year are "committed to engaging with, registering and mobilizing voters to get us over the finish line in November." The convention is set to begin on Aug. 17. Brendan Morrow
Democratic officials issued a directive on Thursday telling members of Congress they should not travel to Milwaukee for this summer's Democratic National Convention.
Delegation meetings and votes on the party platform and presidential nomination will all be conducted virtually. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, will deliver a speech at the convention site, as will his running mate and a few other high-ranking party leaders.
Chasseny Lewis, a senior adviser to the convention committee, wrote in an email to congressional aides that after working with state and local public health officials and epidemiologists, the planners "have come to the hard decision that members of Congress should not plan to travel to Milwaukee. No delegates will travel to Milwaukee, and Caucus and Council meetings will take place virtually."
The convention was pushed to August because of the coronavirus pandemic and scaled back. "Ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone involved with the 2020 Democratic National Convention drives every decision we make," Katie Peters, communications director for the convention committee, told The New York Times.Catherine Garcia
The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday told delegates that they should not plan on attending the party's convention in Milwaukee later this summer.
The convention, originally scheduled for July but moved to August because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be mostly a virtual event, and delegates should prepare "to conduct their official convention business remotely," the DNC said in a statement. With the convention scaled down, it is being moved from the Fiserv Forum to the smaller Wisconsin Center.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the nomination in Milwaukee, and at least three other major events will take place there during the convention, set for Aug. 17 to 20. Typical events like a welcome reception and volunteer opportunities have been canceled, and the Democrats are working with infectious disease experts to come up with health and safety protocols, including determining how many people can safely be on the convention floor, NBC News reports.
Thousands of Republicans are expected to travel to Jacksonville, Florida, in late August to watch as President Trump accepts his party's nomination. GOP officials said they will check temperatures and have social distancing measures in place. Catherine Garcia