The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has delayed or canceled a majority of live entertainment events and a majority of events opting for an alternative digital experience. The 2020 Democratic Nation Convention will be one of the biggest events that will be hosted online in response to COVID-19 with a celebrity lineup including headliner Billie Eilish.
The DNC has planned a four-day event on August 17 to 20 with a performance lineup including Billie Eilish, John Legend, Billy Porter, Jennifer Hudson, Common, The Chicks, Maggie Rogers, Stephen Stills, Prince Royce, Leon Bridges, and more. DNC Executive, Stephanie Cutter, explained in a press release, “In just three days, we will kick off a Democratic National Convention that will look and feel very different than past conventions. It will truly be a convention across America, and these incredible artists will help us tell the story of where we are as a country today under Donald Trump’s failed leadership, and the promise of what we can and should be with Joe Biden as president. These artists are committed to engaging with, registering and mobilizing voters to get us over the finish line in November.”
The 18-year-old headliner performer, Billie Eilish, will be voting for the first time this year and has expressed her interest in spreading awareness for climate change in a new campaign. The four-day event will also be hosting speeches from the biggest names in the Democrat party.
Former President Barack Obama is set to speak on Wednesday night and former first lady Michelle Obama is set to speak Monday night. Former presidential nominee and first lady, Hillary Clinton, will give a speech on Wednesday night and former President Bill Clinton will be giving a speech on Tuesday night.
The DNC committee confirmed that Biden and other participants will not be traveling to Milwaukee as originally planned. Reports indicate that Biden and his newly appointed running mate, Kamala Harris, will be delivering their speeches from Delaware.
The DNC commencement will start with a performance by the 57-member Commonwealth Youthchoirs, which represents the 57 states and territories of the United States of America. Though this DNCC event can’t be celebrated in-person, the DNC is working to create an amazing digital event for everyone to celebrate safely.