This week, President Barack Obama launched a two-day leadership conference in his hometown of Chicago and a number of entertainers were not only attending but performing as well.
Chance The Rapper’s performance was no surprise. Obama has been very outspoken on Chance being one of his favorite artists and has attended several of the rapper’s shows. The former First Lady gave a shoutout to Chance during the summit.
“I want to first thank Chance for just being a great representative of this great city. My baby brother is so talented and smart and socially focused,” Michelle Obama said onstage at Wintrust Arena. “I’m so proud of you for the father, the man that you are.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda also performed at Obama’s summit, including performing Hamilton’s “Dear Theodosia” with Chance The Rapper.
“You can use any source of fuel to power your craft,” Miranda said speaking to an audience on the importance of finding creativity. “Rage is a fuel source, joy is a fuel source, anger is a fuel source, love is a fuel source. I find that love burns slower and longer. I need it to write musicals.”
Gloria Estefan, Andra Day, Nas, The National and Brandi Carlile were among the other performers at the summit.