August 27th, 2008
02:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Will.i.am to perform at Invesco

The 'Yes We Can' YouTube video will be recreated.
The 'Yes We Can' YouTube video will be recreated.

DENVER (CNN) – The Emmy-winning “Yes We Can” video that spliced together clips of Barack Obama’s New Hampshire primary night speech and set it to music, will be re-created live on stage at Invesco Field in Denver Thursday night before the Illinois senator accepts the Democratic presidential nomination there.

The video, which appeared shortly before Super Tuesday, became an Internet sensation. It was adopted by the Obama campaign, and used often on the trail.

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am — who produced the celebrity-packed video — will perform Thursday evening, backed by singer John Legend and a full gospel choir.

Singers Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder will also take the stage for the final night of the Democratic convention.

UPDATE: Jennifer Hudson will perform the national anthem Thursday night at Obama's acceptance speech.

soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. Erin from NY

    I would consider myself a moderate (voted for Bush in '04). It is my hope that this country can get past it's racism and insecurities and vote for a man with character, family values, vision and the courage to make tough decisions. I will be watching on Thursday. Rock star? Not sure if that's it, but he has something this country desperately needs and with courage we will get it in '08. It is time to move forward America – OBAMA in '08 all the way.

    August 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    comments like these are stupid how republicans get people to say anything and not think! : <I am so glad Hillary did not say in her speech that Obama is ready to be President. We all know he is not.

    Barack Obama does not need someone to tell America he is ready to lead! Barack Obama has chosen to run for President because he knows that he is ready to lead...this is not a child running for President!

    Republicans should start asking themselves why McCain has been a follower for 26 years. He is not ready to lead...he had followed Bush/Cheney and he had led us to these disastrous times. This race is historic because America had a woman and an african american running for president where McCain is running to save the face of the republican party! Barack does not have to save any faces! The democrats can face anything including cleaning up after the mess left by repulicans!

    Again, this is historic because no other past president has ever inherit such a mess...and we do not need to give back the power to the party who created that mess..It would not be historic it would be suicidal. We have a leader who can bring people together at the White House to clean up the White House! We do not need a cleaner who is just ready to clean...We need a leader who can bring the Cleaning company ready to clean with him their House once and for all!

    August 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. ObamaAllTheWay

    Yes we can Democrat keep going nerver stop listen to the advice of hillary clinton, Nerver stop to get to where you want to be, but need to elect Barack obama to get you there.

    August 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. rachel

    McCain's time was in 2000. he missed it.
    Hillary's time was in 2004. she missed it.

    too late now.

    August 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. John CA

    What a bunch of crap! No wonder so many intelligent voters are turned off by BO!

    August 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Chi4Obama

    I like Will i. am.

    But personally,
    I would prefer to see "Obama Girl" perform on Thursday night. She is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Check her out on youtube.

    August 27, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Mike from St. Louis

    It is so terribly sad that people will vote for McCain and this old guy has not once stated what his plans are besides keeping the Bush tax cuts in effect, which have not worked at all, and drilling for more oil, which has failed to gain any ground in the last eight years. Oh and he did say how he would keep the troops in Iraq as long as needed even though the Iraqis and everyone else wants us out. Continue to spend all our US dollars in Iraq while they continue to build their surplus. Oh yeah and now it's Iran who is the problem...simply someone else to start something with to ensure more war!

    Then everyone wonders where this McSame name comes from. Everything he wants is what Bush has already set forth and we are ALL suffering because of it. Where is the change you ask?? Change will come from ANYONE other than McCain. How can anyone justify voting for McCain? They all say well…Obama has no experience. if that's the case then it only means that he's not experienced at destroying something. What TRUE EXPERIENCE has McCain shown?? Copy someone else's ads and continue someone's work. He only renewing Bush's policies which has got us all down. The die hard republicans will set the ship on fire while poking holes in all the life boats to see everyone go down because they don't like the captain. How stupid and selfish to destroy everything around them for big money sake and not being willing to see a hint of possible change. How selfish. They want to save from the top down like usual abd have yet to see that their methods haven't worked. Their voting history shows it...they kept a loser in office and want to put another one there.

    August 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    So far all those who oppose Obama can come up with is name calling. McCain, the RNC, and most of these morons who haven'tt had an original thought in their entire life. Why is that?

    August 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. velmeezee

    I am so excited about this year's DNC. I've never really paid much attention to the previous ones because I was never encouraged to learn what they were really all about. To me elections have always been about technical things way over my head. I always voted, because I always want to be counted and I based my decisions on whatever I read in the newspaper or in news magazines. This year is entirely different. This year everyone can get involved because the effort has been made to explain the processes in layman terms, and the signifigance of each event has been highlighted throughout this election cycle.
    I'm excited and happy to see pop musicians and such taking part and showing their support, however I'm a little apprehensive about how this is going to go over in terms of the seriousness of the democratic party.
    Oh well, I guess I'll just enjoy it, and rejoice in the possibility that this is the start of a new improved USA

    August 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Proud to be American

    Yes Rock the vote united Democrates will love the concert... the DNC convention has been awesome even with the media trying to protray strife within our party (that is news for them I suppose) I use to think that CNN was a non bias news station .... HUM not so much... on to CSPAN and MSNBC ...

    August 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Rude Boy

    Wait – McCain Has Daddy Yankee in his camp – its looking bad for Obama celeb support now!

    The right is still trying to make the case that being liked by the public is not good for the president. Is that why Bush ran the govt the way he did, so we wouldnt like him?

    By the way, they sure licked the Gipper's butt because he was a Hollywood actor..........

    August 27, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. BHO FTL

    Yes We Can.... now what can we do... oh yeah sing and dance... world policy... crap... lets go back to yes we can and leave it blank...

    K thx...

    And Cnn.. Dig deep into this one before you block it...

    August 27, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Houstonpsp

    Even if Hillary asked me in person to vote Obama....I wouldn't, I won't, no how, no way. As that Hillary delegate said last night said on CNN....,would you hire someone just out of Havard with an MBA to run a Fortune 500 company? No, no, no! It's all about the experience peeps! I'm still a democrat and look forward to voting that way down ballot.

    August 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. obama all the way

    Awesome!!! I am looking forward to seeing it live!!!

    August 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. ATLian

    Somebody PLEASE remind Sean Hannity that his GOD RONALD REAGAN was a CELEBRITY!!! What would Reagan do, What would Reagon do, What would Reagon do.....?

    August 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. b Jiggy

    Hey Obama supporters...show the haters some luv. Because for them to hate only means that we're doing something right!! :)

    I luv all you Obama haters :)

    And by the way, Obama is older than Bill Clinton, JFK, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ulysses S. Grant were when they became president.

    Again, luv you haters :)

    GO democrats 08'

    August 27, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. ohiobrent

    Will this include a WARDROBE MALFUNCTION?

    August 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Bradley Weber

    For anyone who says that Hillary didn't say that Obama is not ready to president was clearly not listening. She said our only hope to survive the next 4 years is to vote Obama into office; I think that statement says it all. Barack is ready to lead. He has MORE experience than someone who spend 5 years as a POW, then came home, divorced his wife (who was still recovering from a near fatal car accident) and married a younger, richer women. McSame is bad news for this world. We need Obama because 4 more years of BUsh policies is likely to be the end of all of us. Look at them inciting a war in Georgia just so McSame can pull ahead in some pulls. Cheny's people were in Georgia 2 weeks before the fighting broke out, that doesn't sound weird to anyone? Iraq part 2 is already starting and Obama will stop it before our country perishes.

    Obama/Biden '08 – No Way, No How, No McCain – Yes We Can! Yes We Will!

    August 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Charlotte

    The thought of MLK over and over is more then I can stand. Hard to avoid the next day hype so I'll wait for that and watch Law and Order instead.

    August 27, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Salsa

    I don't think the Hillary supports are racist at all. Feminists, yes!! Racialy prejudiced...NO!! We were concerned about Obama's lack of experience not his color. We're Democrats and liberals for pete sake. We don't think Hillary was treated with respect by the Obama campaign and we think she was treated terribly by the news media. I, like many Hillary supporters, will now do what is best for the party and best for the country and vote for Obama and pray we are doing the right thing.

    August 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Hai

    The presidency of America should not be about a dream of a Blackman or the legacy of black people. It is about the vision of one man so that the dreams of many may be realized.

    August 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    This will scare half the conservatives out ot their wits, and tick off the rest.

    August 27, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Bill

    Bread and circuses for those who vote their emotions instead of their brains. McCain 08 and Hillary 12.

    August 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. CM

    If you guys think that he's showboating then wait till next week and watch your party's convention. They had to trim it down so too much time isn't taken up by accolades to the current president. Not that there is much to say.

    Shaun-ga. You don't think the dropping of oil prices has anything to do with China taking over a million cars off the road for the Olympics do you? That might have eased up the demand for oil and dropped the price.

    But of course everything is due to the republicans right? Even McCain said the drilling is for 'psychological effects only'. But if you believe that its doing something then you won't have to pay more right?

    Its a convention people. Of course there is pageantry. It is a historic event. If you don't like it, don't watch. You have that choice.

    August 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Desire - Michigan

    Obama lost the last chance to unite party after he chose Joe Biden for his running mate. Joe Biden, Senator for 35 long years, brings no change but all Washington trouble. Obama would be better off with Hillary, at least she'll bring 18 million voters with her. If he lose in November it will be only because of his selfishness and arrogance.
    Hillary 2012 !

    August 27, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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