Clinton gets help from Beyoncé, Jay Z and others to sway election vote

The lights were bright. The beats were pumping. And the backup dancers were wearing blue pantsuits.

After raucous performances from Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay Z, Hillary Clinton had one simple message for the packed, cheering crowd at Cleveland’s Wolstein Centre: “Help us win Ohio.”

Clinton’s campaign is turning to a series of free concerts to appeal to young and minority voters not necessarily motivated to vote for her.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z offered their own testimonials to the woman who, if elected, would be the country’s first female president and follow its first black president.

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Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z are a few of the celebs trying to give a final push to Clinton before the U.S. election Nov. 8. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

Beyoncé noted that less than a century ago, women did not have the right to vote.

“Look how far we’ve come from having no voice to being on the brink of history — again,” Beyonce said. “But we have to vote.”

The singer says she was thrilled that her young nephew was able to witness Barack Obama’s 2008 election as the nation’s first black president.

Now she wants her daughter “to grow up seeing a woman lead this country and know her possibilities are limitless,” Beyonce said. “That’s why I’m with her.”

A series of hip-hop stars were part of the show, including Big Sean, J. Cole and Chance the Rapper, who encouraged the crowd to vote for Clinton — at the very least just to prevent Donald Trump from winning the White House.

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A series of free concerts on behalf of Clinton are trying to sway young and minority voters before the election. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

“His conversation is divisive,” said Jay Z. “He cannot be our president.”

Big Sean recalled being in the audience eight years ago when Jay Z hosted a similar free event for Obama’s campaign in 2008.

He told the cheering audience last night: “We with her.”

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Jay Z, left, performs with Big Sean during the concert rally. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

At one point, Clinton’s famous quote that she “could have stayed home and baked cookies” flashed on the big screens. At another, the slogan “bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote” was blasted to the crowd.

Clinton offered her own praise for the show. “I am so energized after this concert and I have to say: Didn’t you love the pantsuits?”

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