Are Kelly Clarkson and Chance the Rapper an unlikely pairing? Not so much.
They each have political ties.
It was announced today they, along with Yolanda Adams, will perform at The White House for their annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 1. Clarkson performed “My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee” at Obama’s second inauguration in 2013, but this marks Chance’s first time. However, Obama is a big fan of the former. The two talked music in Obama’s office, the rapper revealed to GQ. “There was a big meeting [in April] about My Brother’s Keeper and criminal-justice reform, and a whole bunch of artists and celebrities were there. And at the end, everybody takes a group photo, and he’s signing stuff. And he keeps pushing me to the back, and I’m like, ‘I don’t understand why he won’t sign my shit,’” he said. “And he makes me wait till the end, and then he brings me up to his office, and we had a really good conversation about what I was working on,” Chance continued. “He told me I needed to start selling my music. He’s a good man. Even if he wasn’t president, if his ass worked at, like, Red Lobster, he’d be just a good man working at Red Lobster.”
A free ticket lottery for the general public begins on October 7, Pitchfork reports.