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Carole King, Katy Perry cheer Democrats

Associated Press Associated Press 29/07/2016

The legendary Carole King got Democratic delegates on their feet, swaying and singing along to her classic You've Got a Friend as they held hands on the floor of their Philadelphia convention, just hours ahead of Hillary Clinton's big speech.

"Hello, Idaho," she began, a shoutout for the state where she bought a ranch years ago. "Everybody, everybody sing with me."

Accompanied by a group of back-up singers, King concluded, "Hillary's got so many friends, and Bernie, too, and all of us together, yeahhhh."

The singer-songwriter, a Baby Boomer favourite who hung out with the Idaho delegation earlier in the week, kicked off the celebrity power on the Democratic National Convention's final day.

Current chart-topper Katy Perry was to lead into the night's main attraction: Clinton's big moment on stage, with an introduction by daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Perry rehearsed her new song, Rise. Longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. is also performing, and Cheers alum and activist Ted Danson will introduce a slate of speakers with his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen.

The 19-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz, who recently mixed it up with Kim Kardashian on Twitter, is also appearing.

Across the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey, earlier on Thursday, Lady Gaga performed a jazzy version of Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land, followed by Neil Young's Old Man.

She was introduced by New Jersey senator Cory Booker, who spoke at the convention earlier in the week. He called Gaga a star not afraid to speak out about sexual violence and mental health.

Lenny Kravitz, who performed in the DNC hall on Wednesday night, played a set at the Camden event, shouting: "We, the people. We, the people. We, the people." DJ Jazzy Jeff spun tunes between sets.

The show gave Camden, one of the country's most impoverished cities, time in the convention spotlight.

Earlier on Thursday, Shonda Rhimes, the TV producer and writer who created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, addressed the Democratic women's caucus, describing Clinton as a "badass" she knows as a person as well as a politician.

"She's a mother who talks about her kid a little too much and like us, she personally worries too much," Rhimes said, according to BuzzFeed. "She's real and human and flawed, and funny, and dorky and interesting. She's a thousand times smarter than anyone you've met, but she's just like us."

Bradley was spotted in the DNC crowd on Wednesday night, setting off some on Twitter.

Merchants online already have "Don't Boo, Vote" T-shirts for sale, meanwhile, reflecting what is sure to be a lasting tagline from President Barack Obama's DNC speech on Wednesday night.

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