SXSW 2016: Michelle Obama keynote to feature Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah, more

FLOTUS is putting her thing down Wednesday, flipping it and reversing it with a little help from some famous friends.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama welcomes the Broadway cast of HAMILTON, including Christopher Jackson (background), to the White House March 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama welcomes the Broadway cast of HAMILTON, including Christopher Jackson (background), to the White House March 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

South by Southwest announced Monday that first lady Michelle Obama’s opening Music keynote will feature rapper Missy Elliott, songwriter Diane Warren and actress Sophia Bush. It will be moderated by entertainment polymath Queen Latifah. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center. It is open to Music, Film, Gold and Platinum badge-holders, along with artist wristbands, according to the festival. SXSW will also livestream the keynote at sxsw.com/live and at AOL’s Makers site.

The keynote will highlight the White House’s Let Girls Learn initiative, according to SXSW. Singers Halle and Chloe Bailey, who went viral in 2013 thanks to a YouTube cover of Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts,” will perform before the event.

Obama’s husband — you might have heard of him — stopped by SXSW on Friday. The president’s keynote focused on tech solutions to increase civic engagement and also touched on the pitfalls of disruption. He also famously stopped at Torchy’s Tacos, as you do. See photos from President Obama’s visit here.

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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