Lizzo to campaign for Biden, Harris in Michigan Friday

Singer, rapper to speak in Detroit, Harper Woods Oct. 23

Lizzo appears on stage to accept the award for top song sales artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello, Invision)

DETROIT – American singer and musician Lizzo will travel to Michigan this week to campaign on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

According to Biden’s campaign, Lizzo is scheduled to speak at an event in Detroit, followed by another event in Harper Woods on Friday afternoon.

At 3 p.m. Friday, Lizzo is expected to speak at a volunteer canvass event in Detroit, where she will encourage Michigan voters to vote early in the presidential election. The exact location of the event has not been publicly released.

Lizzo is then scheduled to have a conversation about early voting with young people in Harper Woods at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The exact location of the event has not been publicly released.

The singer, rapper and flutist -- who was born in Detroit -- has been using her platform to address social issues and encourage Americans to vote in the 2020 election.

Please note: Lizzo’s Instagram page (linked above) may feature content considered explicit to some viewers.

Lizzo has also explicitly shown support for Former Vice President Biden and Harris on social media, and campaigned with Harris virtually last month.

Biden’s campaign has directed efforts toward Michigan specifically in recent weeks, as the state is considered a battleground in the November election. Both Biden and his wife, Former Second Lady Jill Biden, have recently visited Michigan to deliver remarks and connect with voters.

Current president and Republican challenger Donald Trump has also prioritized campaigning in Michigan. He and Vice President Mike Pence have also recently delivered remarks to Michigan supporters -- some of which have garnered national attention due to controversies.

Biden and Trump are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign. After the candidates' first debate was riddled with interruptions, the debate commission has implemented a new rule to mute one candidate’s microphone while the other delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics.

You can watch the debate live right here. Pre-debate coverage begins at 7 p.m., and the debate is scheduled to start at 9 p.m.

Be prepared: What to know before voting in General Election in Michigan on Nov. 3, 2020

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