Madonna, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, and Maxwell were among the artists who performed at the Anti-Trump Women’s March on Washington, D.C. to an estimated crowd of 500,00 protesters. The list of artists who performed also includes Amber Coffman, Angelique Kidjo, Toshi Reagon, Samantha Ronson, Emily Wells, St. Beauty, Beverly Bond, Alia Sharief, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Climbing PoeTree.
Keys recited Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” and performed a powerful rendition of “Girl on Fire”. “We will not allow our bodies to be owned and controlled by men in government, or men anywhere for that matter. We will not allow our compassionate souls to get stepped on. We want the best for all Americans. No hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry. We value education, health care, and equality,” she said.
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Actress and singer Janelle Monae took the stage and performed her protest song “Hell You Talmbout” after delivering an equally impassioned speech. Monae said: “We have names. We are complete human beings, and they cannot police us, so get off our areolas. Get off our vaginas. Again, we birthed this nation, and we can unbirth a nation if we choose.”
Later, Madonna performed “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature” after delivering a fiery speech. She concluded: “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything. We can’t fall into despair. As the poet W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II, we must love one another or die. I choose love.”
Maxwell also appeared and performed a cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work”.
A great number of musicians also attended the march: The National, Michael Stipe, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O, Pearl Jam, Courtney Barnett, HAIM, Grimes, Beach House, U2’s The Edge, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Natalie Prass, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich, Jeff Tweedy, Bat For Lashes, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and more.