Sure, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Scott Stapp and Miley Cyrus aren’t exactly political scientists, but that doesn’t stop them from continuing music’s tradition of endorsing presidential candidates.
These artists have millions of fans to share political views with, unlike everyone else who can only annoy their Facebook friends.
Music has always been closely tied to politics. As far back as the 19th century Beethoven’s third symphony was written as a super punk, anti-Napoleon tune. With hours left in the election, maybe some of these musician’s political endorsements will sway any (somehow) undecided voters out there.
Nicki Minaj — Romney … no, wait Obama?
Really, who actually knows what Nicki Minaj is ever thinking? On Lil Wayne’s new “Dedication 4” mixtape Minaj rapped, “I’m a Republican, voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy.” This seemed like a Romney endorsement until the president himself aptly deciphered the lyric and pointed out that Minaj often plays different characters. Minaj tweeted at Obama thanking him for understand her and sent the president her love and support.
Miley Cyrus — Obama
Miley is all grown up and can vote in her first presidential election. The 19-year-old pop star showed her support by tweeting a rather awkward mirror shot of herself in an Obama shirt. Obviously, this is how celebrities, politicians and regular people should endorse candidates from here on out. Now, who could Hannah Montana be voting for?
Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars — Obama
Remember when Edward Norton beats the crap out of Jared Leto in “Fight Club”? Well, after that Leto probably wished he had Obamacare. Maybe that’s why he’s such a big Obama supporter. He even stopped in Denver near the end of October to help campaign. If you’re curious, Norton is also an Obama supporter, and recently made the president a campaign video.
Scott Stapp — Not Obama
Scott Stapp and Creed have always been known for nuanced themes and all around mystery. This explains Stapp’s kind of(ish) endorsement of Romney on “Fox and Friends” last month. He said even though he voted for Obama in 2008, he found “his administration to be ineffective.” He sounds like your everyday, blue-collar undecided voter. It’s decision time, Stapp!
The National — Obama
When Romney supporters used the National’s song, “Fake Empire” in a campaign advertisement, the band had a rage blackout and posted a strongly worded statement blasting Romney and the use of the song without permission. The band said the song was written in response to policies enacted while Republicans controlled the White House. The National has also played at Obama campaign stops in Ohio to support him in a second term as president of our fake empire.
Kid Rock — Romney
Kid Rock has done a lot of maturing since his Grammy-nominated and rather nonsensical track “Bawitdaba.” Now he’s into more political music, like 2000’s “Abortion”, which is about, well, abortion. Rock a.k.a Robert James Ritchie has officially endorsed Romney and played a Republican rally at Red Rocks in October. If you’d like to be further confused (disturbed?) watch this PSA by Rock and Sean Penn in which Rock is wearing overalls with no shirt.
Jay-Z — Obama
So, Jay-Z is a businessman, but unlike most of his fellow CEOs, Hova is all about raising taxes on the top 1 percent. Jay-Z even played at an Obama rally Monday night and sang “I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one.” If you were worried, there isn’t any political turmoil in the Carter home since Beyonce supports Obama, too.
Vanilla Ice — Romney
Vanilla Ice has always been one to stand out from the pack. He and the Beastie Boys were some of the first successful white rappers and he dated Madonna for a whole eight months. Now, he may very well be one of the only rappers who supports Romney. And if you’re looking for more laughs, check out Ice’s website.
Willie Nelson — Gary Johnson
Third party candidates need some love too, and leave it to the Red Haired Stranger to give it to them. Nelson said, “Gary Johnson is a great American. He will make a great president if elected.” If you’re curious, hit magicians Penn and Teller support Johnson, too.
Anyone who’s found a musician who has endorsed Roseanne Barr for president, please inform Matt on Twitter @Official_MattM.