Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monáe celebrated Fourth of July at the White House on Monday with President Obama, White House staff, and their families. The news was announced Sunday, noting that both musicians had performed there during Obama’s administration before.
A video of the evening shows Lamar and Monáe on stage next to Obama while he makes a speech about American independence, honoring veterans. “Fourth of July is about family, it’s about the American family,” he said. “We all know that our freedoms are dependent on the incredible group of men and women in uniform who look out for us every single day.”
He also spoke about Lamar and Monáe’s talents and advocacy: “I have to tell you, these two, I’ve gotten a chance to know, and they are both amazing artists and talented and popular and doing great things. But they are also very conscious about their responsibilities and obligations. And they put in a lot of time and effort on behalf of a lot of causes that are important. We’re really proud of them for that.”
Earlier in the evening, Lamar reportedly performed “Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Money Trees,” “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Poetic Justice,” “A.D.H.D.,” and “Alright,” while Monáe took on “Dance Apocalyptic,” “Q.U.E.E.N.,” “Electric Lady,” and a cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”
In the final moments of Obama’s speech, he invited the crowd to sing happy birthday to his daughter Malia, who turned 18 on Monday.