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Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, America Ferrera to Co-Host ‘Every Vote Counts’ TV/Streaming Special

Keys, Shawn Mendes and Dan + Shay are set to perform on the hour-long telecast next week, aimed at bolstering turnout.

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Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington and America Ferrera have been set to co-host “Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy,” a television and streaming special due to air on CBS and multiple radio and streaming platforms on Oct. 29, aiming to spur voter turnout five days before the national election.

Keys will also perform on the show, as will Brandi Carlile, Shawn Mendes, country duo Dan + Shay, Offset and others to be announced. The list of those making non-performing appearances includes public figures like John Kasich and Condoleezza Rice as well as Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Longoria.

The hour-long special will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT next Thursday on CBS and be available for streaming on CBS All Access, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Twitch, Apple Music, Apple TV, Amazon Music and NowThis. Affiliate stations of iHeartMedia will broadcast audio of the concert, which will also be on the radio giant’s app.

“The purpose for this special is to remind and inspire all Americans of the power of their voice and their vote,” said Keys in a statement. “Also, for many young people across the country, this is their first time voting, so we want to make sure they understand the magnitude of this time and learn why this is one of the most exciting moments in the democratic process.”

Washington said she was “thrilled to be joining my dear friends Alicia Keys and America Ferrera … so that we can amplify voters’ voices and provide resources for all Americans as they participate in our democratic process. For our democracy to work, every American’s voice must be heard and every vote must be counted. We are so excited for this opportunity to celebrate democracy and our collective power when we all show up at the polls.”

Live Nation, Global Citizen and Live Animals are the producing entities. On board as executive producers include Hugh Evans and Michael Rapino, and co-producers for the special are Ryan Piers Williams, Chris Stadler, Rick Yorn, AK Worldwide, Harness, Simpson Street, Sunshine Sachs and participating celebs Keys, Ferrera, Washington, Longoria and DiCaprio. Cisco Webex is the presenting partner.

Other celebrities making appearances on the show include Kelly Clarkson, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O’Neal, Tan France, Wilmer Valderrama, Amy Schumer, Cobie Smulders and Coldplay.

The event is being positioned as “a nonpartisan civic engagement event” that will “empower citizens with incontrovertible information on how to vote and allay concerns they may have around voting amid a pandemic.” Further information on the broadcast and its voter advocacy can be found here.