Lady Gaga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Katy Perry, and More Artists Sign Open Letter on Gun Action


A ton of pretty significant recording artists and music industry titans co-signed a Billboard open letter to Congress demanding action on gun control.

Here’s only a partial list of the many, many artists who signed the open letter:

  • Adam Lambert
  • Alicia Keys
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Billy Joel
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Britney Spears
  • Carole King
  • Cher
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Demi Lovato
  • Elvis Costello
  • Iggy Pop
  • Jason Mraz
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Joan Jett
  • Joe & Nick Jonas
  • Katy Perry
  • Kesha
  • Lady Gaga
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Meghan Trainor
  • Michael Stipe
  • Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
  • Questlove
  • Ricky Martin
  • Selena Gomez
  • Sting
  • Tony Bennett
  • Trent Reznor
  • Yoko Ono

Miranda in particular made some very moving remarks at the Tonys recently––on the day of the Orlando massacre.

Billboard will feature the open letter on the cover of its next issue, with this message to lawmakers:

Music always has been celebrated communally, on dancefloors and at concert halls. But this life-affirming ritual, like so many other daily experiences—going to school or church or work—now is threatened, because of gun violence in this country.

The one thing that connects the recent tragedies in Orlando is that it is far too easy for dangerous people to get their hands on guns.

We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more, including:

Require a background check for every gun sale

Block suspected terrorists from buying guns

You can read the full letter and see all the musical signatories here.

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