As Joe Biden addressed the nation in his first speech as president-elect, Rihanna and other artists cheered on the 46th president of the United States and his running mate, Kamala Harris.
Biden said he would “make America respected around the world again,” and that although he understood Trump supporters were disappointed in the election results, “this is the time to heal.”
“With the world watching, you ushered in a new day for America,” vice president-elect Harris said during her time on stage. “For four years, you marched and organized for equality and justice, for our lives, for our planet, And then you voted. Now is when the real work begins. We have elected a leader who represents the best in us.”
“The faces of history makers, boundary breakers, and WINNERS!!” Rihanna wrote on social media as Harris and Biden’s speeches wrapped on Saturday night (Nov. 7). “CONGRATULATIONS to you both, and mostly to the American people!! So much work to do, so much hurt to undo! Let’s GO! I’m so proud of you America!”
During his speech, Biden expressed gratitude for the Black community. “Especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest — the African American community stood up again for me,” he said. “They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.”
Janelle Monae showed her approval for this part of his speech with a speechless tweet consisting of “!!!!!!!!!” and emojis of praise.
Camila Cabello also took to Twitter to share her exhilarated reaction to the night’s event: “I can’t stop crying . Thank you thank you thank you @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris.”
“magical hopeful night,” Shawn Mendes tweeted with emojis.
The victory speeches also made Nick Jonas emotional. “Wow,” he wrote. “My heart is full. #BidenHarris2020.”
“Here’s to all my sisters out there crying their eyes out right now listening to @KamalaHarris like I am,” Evanescence’s Amy Lee said as Harris spoke. “WE DID IT!”
Little Mix’s The Search final and their scheduled appearance at the MTV Europe Music Awards will go on without Jesy Nelson, who is ill.
“We’re so sad Jesy won’t be able to join us tonight, but we have such an amazing show in store for you all,” the group tweeted before the BBC One program aired on Saturday (Nov. 7). (Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock still performed “Secret Love Song,” which can be seen below.)
A statement on social media from publicist Simon Jones had stated the same, and said that Nelson would also not be able to take part in Sunday night’s awards show.
“Jesy is unwell and will not be appearing on tonight’s final of Little Mix The Search. She will also not be hosting or performing at tomorrow’s MTV EMAs,” the message said.
Little Mix — who just released their new studio album, Confetti — are set to host and perform at the 2020 MTV EMAs.
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“So happy this morning,” a teary-eyed J. Lo, who previously showed her support for Biden while encouraging the Latino community to vote, said on Instagram Saturday (Nov. 7). “Echoing the words of everyone saying that we are headed toward a better day, a more united country. I’m just crying tears of joy. I hope that we can all come together and love each other and appreciate each other. It’s a new day.”
She continued, “They’re saying it’s time to heal deep wounds and come together. We are the United States of America, the greatest country on this planet.”
“History is being made today for all little girls who got loud across the world,” Lopez added, in reference to Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris becoming the first female (and first Black, and first South Asian American) vice president. “It is an amazing, amazing day. God bless everybody.”
J. Lo’s Instagram Stories ended with her indulging in the beginning of a celebratory brunch. On her main Instagram page, she posted a feel-good dance clip to share her thoughts about the election results.
Watch a part of her reaction captured below, and view it all on her Instagram Stories.
Mick Jagger celebrated the future of the United States with a message on Twitter on Saturday (Nov. 7).
“I’m so looking forward to coming back to an America free of harsh words and name calling and be amongst people who I know have common ground and harmony,” he wrote to his 2.2 million followers. “It’s a challenge but it can be done!”
Jagger’s tweet came just hours after Joe Biden was called the president-elect of the United States, defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
The comment from the Rolling Stones frontman follows the band’s objection to Trump’s unauthorized use of their music at a campaign rally over the summer. In June, they released a statement after “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was played as Trump left the stage at a campaign stop in Tulsa.
See Jagger’s latest tweet about America below, and read more artists’ reactions to Biden’s victory here.