- The White House hosted some prominent entertainers on Thursday to celebrate President Donald Trump signing the Music Modernization Act, which ensures the rights of songwriters in the digital era.
- Kid Rock, The Beach Boys cofounder Mike Love, country singers John Rich and Craig Morgan, and Christian rock band MercyMe were among the musicians in attendance.
- Later on, rapper Kanye West and retired NFL player Jim Brown joined Trump for a working lunch to discuss a handful of issues.
The White House welcomed a star-studded group of guests on Thursday to attend President Donald Trump’s signing of the Music Modernization Act, and Trump’s working lunch. The president also had a sit-down in the Oval Office with rapper Kanye West and former NFL player Jim Brown.
The Music Modernization Act, named for retiring Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who is also a songwriter, secured widespread bipartisan support.
The Act updates current music licensing law to enable songwriters to be adequately compensated from revenues originating from online music streaming, allow producers to earn royalties from songs played over online and satellite radio, and ensure royalty payments for the writers and performers of songs written before 1972.
Musicians including Kid Rock, The Beach Boys cofounder Mike Love, and Christian rock group MercyMe attended the bill signing. NFL legend Jim Brown and Kanye West later joined Trump in the Oval Office for a working lunch and a televised meeting with reporters. West previously met with Trump shortly after his election in 2016
Here are all the celebrities who appeared at the White House on Thursday:
Robert James Ritchie, better known as the musician Kid Rock, attended the signing for the Music Modernization Act at the White House in his signature rockstar garb and sunglasses.
“This business of music is a pretty dirty business … but this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers — the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there,” he said of the Act.
Kid Rock himself is one of Trump’s most prominent supporters in the entertainment community, and even floated a run for Senate in Michigan, although he later revealed it was a promotional tactic for his most recent album.
Trump welcomed Sam Moore, a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer best known as one-half of the soul and R&B duo Sam & Dave, to the White House and wished him a happy 83rd birthday, which he celebrates October 12.
“He looks good,” Trump joked. “83! That means there’s a future for us.”
Trump gifted Moore a pen used to sign the Act. Moore praised Trump for helping get the act signed into law.
“When Mr. Bush was in we couldn’t get it done. When we had Mr. Obama in, we couldn’t get it done. But we got it done with this man,” Moore said
Mike Love, the Grammy Award-winning cofounder of The Beach Boys who also holds a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, also appeared alongside Trump for the bill signing.
“People can say what they want, but you’ve always been a big supporter of some of the best music America’s ever made,” Love said of Trump.
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