In the lead-up to the Nov. 6 midterm elections, Billboard reached out to artists throughout the musical spectrum with a easy request: full the phrase "I'm voting as a result of..." Below are solutions from Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds, DJ Ducky, Latin pop duo Ha*Ash, DJ Craze, Bea Miller and Moby, whose solutions contact on LGBTQ rights, defending democracy, the setting and civic duty.
Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons)
... in any other case my phrases on Twitter and Facebook and the stage are meaningless. If I need a progressive, protected future, then I need to vote. Otherwise, it's all discuss.
... fuck Donald Trump.
Tyler Hubbard, Florida Georgia Line
... it’s my responsibility and duty as a citizen, if I wish to be part of actual change. I've discovered that my vote actually could make a distinction in who represents myself and my nation.
... it’s my duty to face up for human rights -- for the lives of immigrants, ladies, LGBTQ folks, POC. For our democracy, which the present administration is attempting to suppress. Because this could possibly be our final probability to combat again towards an oppressive, regressive regime. Because I've to do every thing in my energy, and that begins with putting my vote.
… a vote is a voice.
... we have now to do no matter we are able to to get 45 out of the White House ... And it begins domestically. This nation and this world wants this loopy motherf*cker out of right here.
... I've to take a seat round and watch our nation develop into one thing that I don't at all times really feel very pleased with it, and I wish to really feel pleased with the place I'm. It's actually onerous to take a seat again and watch different folks make selections for you and on your nation that make you are feeling so unhappy and dangerous about your self and so sorry for the folks round you and issues that deliver out the worst in different folks. I'm actually grateful that now I'm lastly sufficiently old to vote for issues that matter to me and have my opinion heard. I do know lots of people say that ...one vote doesn't rely. But if all of the tens of millions of people that suppose that their vote doesn't rely really voted, then they might've made a distinction. I feel it's a extremely lovely factor that we get the chance and should you don't like what you're seeing, then you may't actually complain about it should you don't exit and vote for what you need, and not less than attempt to make a change.
... (and donating, and acting at advantages, and canvassing, and telephone banking) as a result of EVERY SINGLE ISSUE WE CARE ABOUT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE RESULTS OF THIS ELECTION. Climate change, racial justice, ladies’s rights, environmental points, LGBTQ rights, animal rights, human rights, gun management, worldwide relations, and many others. will ALL be egregiously harmed if the present administration is allowed to proceed to destroy our nation, our world, and every thing we maintain pricey.
... it issues. I vote as a result of it’s an influence. It’s a brand new imaginative and prescient for us to curate what's greatest for us. If you don’t vote, you may’t open your mouth. You can’t say something if you see the brand new victor. You’re invisible should you don’t vote.
Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
... I consider that it's doable for us to create a world of complete equality, true justice, and actual love."
With further reporting by Kat Bein, Taylor Weatherby, Shea Lenniger and Jessica Roiz