Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington to Host Every Vote Counts Special on CBS

Gabrielle Chung
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Getty Images (3) (From left to right) Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Kerry Washington

Celebrities are coming together help get out the vote in the upcoming presidential election.

On Oct. 29, Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington will host Every Vote Counts - A Celebration of Democracy, a televised and livestreamed event that will celebrate the power of voting through music, dance and dialogue with the goal of uplifting civic action.

The special, co-produced by Ryan Piers Williams, Chris Stadler, Rick Yorn, AK Worldwide, Harness, Simpson Street and Sunshine Sachs, will feature musical performances from Keys, Dan + Shay, Offset and Shawn Mendes.

Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Cobie Smulders, Coldplay, Condoleezza Rice, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, John Kasich, Kelly Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O'Neal, Tan France and Wilmer Valderrama are also slated to make appearances.

There will also be additional appearances by Sen. Bill Frist, Billie Eilish, Gov. John Kasich, Lizzo, Salma Hayek Pinault, Tan France and Sen. Tom Daschle, with an additional performance by Brandi Carlile.

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"I am thrilled to be joining my dear friends Alicia Keys and America Ferrera to host ‘Every Vote Counts’ so that we can amplify voters' voices and provide resources for all Americans as they participate in our democratic process," Washington, 43, said in a statement. "For our democracy to work, every American's voice must be heard and every vote must be counted. We are so excited for this opportunity to celebrate democracy and our collective power when we all show up at the polls."

Said Keys, "The purpose for this special is to remind and inspire all Americans of the power of their voice and their vote. It’s a challenging time but we have the opportunity to continue to show up and shape the world we want to live in. In a democracy, every vote counts, so we want to encourage and uplift each other and remember we all have a say in the direction of our country because everyone’s participation matters."

"Also, for many young people across the country, this is their first time voting so we want to make sure they understand the magnitude of this time and learn why this is one of the most exciting moments in the Democratic process," she continued.

In addition to a star-studded lineup, the special will also include interviews with everyday voters, as well as speakers sharing incontrovertible information on how to vote and allaying concerns about voting amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“I'm calling on all of you, please join me in voting for this year's election,” Demi Lovato wrote

"I am honored to join my co-hosts in bringing together all of these amazing artists, musicians, community leaders and American voters to celebrate our democracy," Ferrera, 36, said in a statement of her own. "Our right to vote has never been more precious or vital. This celebration is an opportunity to uplift our country and to inspire one another to joyfully act on our most fundamental right and responsibility as Americans. Our vote is our voice. And 'Every Vote Counts.' "

The nonpartisan special was created as an appeal to Americans to cast their vote in the 2020 presidential election and aims to encourage viewers to rally their family and friends to head to the polls.

Every Vote Counts will air on Oct. 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS Television Network. It will also be livestreamed simultaneously on CBS All Access and be available on iHeartMedia radio stations and app, Apple Music, Apple TV App, NowThis, YouTube, Twitter, TIDAL and Facebook.

The broadcast special is produced by Live Nation, Global Citizen and Live Animals. Executive producers also include Hugh Evans and Michael Rapino.