Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae to Perform at White House on Fourth of July

Austin Hargrave
Kendrick Lamar

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome military families each year for a barbecue, concert and view of the fireworks on the National Mall.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer-songwriter Janelle Monae and rapper Kendrick Lamar will help President Barack Obama celebrate his final Fourth of July at the White House.

Spokesman Josh Earnest says the musicians are performing at Obama's annual Independence Day event for "military heroes."

Obama and his wife, Michelle, welcome military families each year for a barbecue, concert and view of the fireworks on the National Mall.

Both musicians are Obama favorites. The president once chose Lamar over Drake in a hypothetical rap battle. Obama also named Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost" as his favorite song of 2015.

Monae was a guest at a White House state dinner in May. She also has backed White House efforts on voter registration, gun control and changes to the criminal justice system.

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