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Hillary Clinton packs Wolstein Center with star-studded lineup on Friday

She'll continue rallying in Ohio over the weekend
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Posted at 10:39 AM, Nov 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 10:47:43-04

Hillary Clinton brought out the big guns Friday night at a "Get Out The Vote" concert that originally only featured a performance by Jay-Z at Cleveland State's Wolstein Center. 

Beyonce took the stage with her husband Jay-Z in support of the Democratic nominee for president. In addition to the two mega-stars, Chance the Rapper, Big Sean and J. Cole joined the election season festivities in downtown Cleveland last night. 

After raucous performances from Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay Z, Hillary Clinton had one simple message for the packed, cheering crowd at Cleveland's Wolstein Center: "Help us win Ohio."

Beyoncé and Jay-Z offered their own testimonials to the woman who, if elected, would be the country's first female president and follow its first black president.

Beyoncé noted that less than a century ago, women did not have the right to vote.

"Look how far we've come from having no voice to being on the brink of history — again," Beyoncé said. "But we have to vote."

The singer says she was thrilled that her young nephew was able to witness Barack Obama's 2008 election as the nation's first black president.

Now she wants her daughter "to grow up seeing a woman lead this country and know her possibilities are limitless," Beyoncé said. "That's why I'm with her."

The Democrat's campaign has hosted a number of free concerts designed to drum up enthusiasm. Rocker Bon Jovi and R&B singer Ne-Yo rallied voters in North Carolina, while singer/actress Jennifer Lopez took the stage in Miami and singer Stevie Wonder was performing in Philadelphia.

On Saturday night, Clinton planned to host a concert with pop star Katy Perry in Philadelphia. The next day, she intends to take the stage with basketball giant LeBron James in Cleveland, and then return Monday night to Philadelphia for a joint rally with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, and former President Bill Clinton.

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On Saturday, former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown will campaign for Clinton in Akron and Cleveland. Brown will kick off the canvassing events in Cleveland at 9 a.m. and in Akron at noon. 

Clinton will continue her high-powered efforts in Ohio on Sunday when LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, will join her at a "Get Out The Vote" event at 4:30 p.m. at a public auditorium. Anyone interested in attending the rally can RSVP here.

James has previously shown his support for Clinton when he penned an op-ed last month in Business Insider. 

"Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures," James wrote. "For over 40 years, she's been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children's hospitals, and so much more."