Wanna Vote Like Your Favorite Musicians? Here's How

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Are you one of those people who, after becoming a fan of a Hot Young Popular Music Artist, decides to model your life after theirs? If you really love Nicki Minaj, for example, and Nicki Minaj gets on Twitter one day to be all, "I have an opinion to share and it is that Frosted Flakes is a better breakfast cereal than all the other breakfast cereals," do you go to Costco to buy a lifetime supply of Frosted Flakes, then go home and buy a few thousand dollars worth of stock in Kellogg's? (Note: It's been a brutal day for Wall Street; KQED Pop neither endorses nor recommends against buying stock in Kellogg's or any other breakfast cereal conglomerate.)

If this rings true for you, then boy do we have some helpful news: With the 2016 presidential election season heating up, Popular Music Artists everywhere are taking the opportunity to share their very important thoughts and feelings about politics. Here's a breakdown of who has thrown their weight behind whom in the upcoming election --  because if there's one consideration that should go into this highly personal and subjective choice, it's "let's find out what Ja Rule thinks."

Hillary Clinton 

The clear frontrunner in the campaign for pop musicians' hearts and votes, Hillary Clinton has racked up endorsements from some of the biggest names in the business, including:

Jennifer Lopez: "I think it's time for a woman." 

Snoop Dogg: "I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we're at that stage in life where we need a perspective other than the male's train of of thought...I'll be voting Ms. Clinton."


Katy Perry: "I told [Hillary] that I would write her a 'theme' song if she needs it."  (Clinton['s social media person] responded that "Roar" would do just fine.)

Beyoncé: [Characteristic silence, attends Clinton fundraiser]

Kim & Kanye: [Characteristic, uh, see below]

Bernie Sanders

Lil B: Though the Berkeley rapper previously praised Hillary Clinton in a few of his lyrics, he's recently been rather vocal about backing the Independent candidate from Vermont, a choice that comes with the benefit of watching CNN news anchors say "Here's my next question, Lil B" with a straight face.

Donald Trump

Ted Nugent: A President Trump "would kick ass and take names, and that's what American needs right now." The rocker also thinks Trump "should be given the medal of freedom." Yep.

Ben Carson

Kid Rock: "I’m very interested in the things that Ben Carson has to say," said Kid Rock of the Republican former neurosurgeon. (The most confusing part of this statement is, of course, the fact that the New York Times Magazine felt the need to run an interview with Kid Rock in the year 2015 or, you know, ever.)

Deez Nuts

Warren G: Why? Because we are all secretly 13 years old forever. In case you've been living under a rock, last week brought the great pleasure of watching broadcast journalists across the country saying "Deez Nuts" with varying degrees of discomfort.

But perhaps even more enjoyable was the recent news that Warren G himself, a.k.a. the Regulator, a.k.a. the man responsible for the phrase "deez nuts" first entering our lexicon in 1992, has officially endorsed the 15-year-old presidential candidate. He's even offered himself up as running mate.

"I would have Weed Wednesdays in the White House...It’s like how you got Taco Tuesdays. Weed Wednesdays: Relax from all the stress, from dealing with foreign policy and all of this other stuff.”

And there we have it! Have we missed anyone? Has a Hip Music Artist near you endorsed a candidate we should know about?  Has it changed your opinion on an issue, or influenced a #millennial you know? We want to hear about it.

In the meantime, feel free to print out this handy list so you have it ready to bring to your polling place come election time. And remember: When in doubt, form your political beliefs based on the views of people who are mostly famous just for being rich and/or attractive. It's the American thing to do.