Kanye West, Willie Nelson Bring Star Power To DNC

The Democratic National Convention is drawing more than just the political elite to Denver. Big celebrity names are also dropping in to perform at the festivities. Cheryl Corley gives listeners a short guide to some of the most highly anticipated entertainments — from Willie Nelson to Kanye West.

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CHERYL CORLEY, host:

To be sure, inside Denver's Pepsi Center, delegates will be and are being wowed by the Democratic National Convention's headliners, ranging from Jesse Jackson, Jr to Senator Joe Biden, to the presumptive nominee himself. But outside venues have plenty of star-power as well.

Democratic-leaning musicians from across the spectrum have converged on the Mile High City to sing their support for Senator Barack Obama. The big names playing around Denver this week include Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, and the Black-Eyed Peas, and one of the most anticipated events is the nonpartisan ONE campaign by Kanye West, and we'll leave you today with his hit song "Touch The Sky."

(Soundbite of "Touch the Sky" by Kanye West)

I gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly For the day I die, I'mma touch the sky I gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly For the day I die, I'mma touch the sky

Back when they thought pink polo's would hurt the Roc, Before Cam got the (shit) to pop, the doors was close I felt like Bad Boy's street team, I couldn't work the Lox (locks). Now let's go. Take 'em back to the plan.... Me and my momma hopped in the U-Haul van. Any pessimists I ain't talked to them, Plus I ain't have no phone in my apartment. Let's take 'em back to the club. Least about an hour I would stand on line, I just wanted to dance.

CORLEY: And that's our program for today. I'm Cheryl Corley, and for Michel Martin, and this is Tell Me More from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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