DNC 2016

The A-list celebrities who will, could and might drop into Philly for the DNC

For once, New York’s “sixth borough” will be home to dozens of A-list celebrities — if only for a few days.

Left to right: Beyonce, John Legend, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Lady Gaga

Left to right: Beyonce, John Legend, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Lady Gaga

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Updated: 4:15 p.m. July 20

Though this year’s Republican National Convention will literally be headlined by a celebrity who turned into could-be president, the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia can expect something the RNC never can — a huge turnout from Hollywood.

Every four years, top celebrities flock to the DNC in droves. When the DNC was in Charlotte, N.C. in 2012, celebrities like John Legend, Kim Kardashian and Jon Hamm were there to support the nomination of President Barack Obama. The RNC? Well, there was Clint Eastwood and a bunch of country singers, FWIW.

And this year, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party are reportedly looking to leverage that star power with headliners that aren’t old and gray, largely to energize younger voters — many of whom favored Bernie Sanders in the primary — about where the party is headed. So expect the DNC to be a little less convention, a little more Coachella.

At this point, only a handful of stars have actually confirmed they’ll be attending the DNC in Philadelphia which runs from July 25 to July 28. But you can expect celebs and their entourages to be here, dining at the nicest spots around town and oftentimes scooting back to New York to sleep in their own beds at night.

Moral of the story? Keep your eyes peeled. Don’t want to miss Queen Bey strolling down Chestnut. Here’s a look at which celebrities are confirmed to be attending, and which ones you might see in addition:

Confirmed attendees



And of course, there all these celebs who have tweeted they’ll be here:

Stars the party and Hillz really want

Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Celebs who’ve endorsed Clinton and may be there

Kerry Washington, a Clinton supporter and star of the hit ABC show "Scandal."

Kerry Washington, a Clinton supporter and star of the hit ABC show "Scandal."



  • Elton John
  • Katy Perry
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Britney Spears
  • John Legend
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Ja Rule
  • Pharrell


  • George Clooney
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt
  • Julianne Moore
  • Robert De Niro
  • Salma Hayek


  • Kim Kardashian
  • Uzo Aduba
  • Ru Paul
  • Kerry Washington
  • Abbi Jacobson


  • Abby Wambach
  • Magic Johnson

Celebs who showed up in 2012

Rapper Common

Rapper Common


  • Mary J. Blige
  • James Taylor
  • Marc Anthony
  • The Roots
  • John Legend
  • Tony Bennett
  • Janelle Monae
  • Common
  • will.i.am
  • M.C. Hammer
  • Flo Rida
  • Pit Bull


  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Ashley Judd
  • America Ferrera
  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Jessica Alba


  • Kal Penn
  • Jon Hamm
  • Eva Longoria
  • Wendell Pierce
  • Alexis Bledel
  • Zach Braff
  • Kim Kardashian

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