John Legend, Billie Eilish added as Democratic convention takes shape


    By Joseph Ax

    NEW YORK – 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.