Beyoncé and Taylor Swift will join the Obamas for YouTube graduation ceremony

Christi Carras

Beyoncé will participate in YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation ceremony. (Getty Images for Coachella)

As if the lineup for YouTube’s virtual graduation ceremony weren’t already star-studded enough, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and more entertainment icons will now join headliners Barack and Michelle Obama in celebrating the class of 2020.

Among the other celebrities set for YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” livestream next month are Lizzo, Janelle Monáe, Bill and Melinda Gates, Lana Condor, Yara Shahidi, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Hasan Minhaj, Andy Cohen, Billy Porter, Megan Thee Stallion and many more.

The event schedule boasts a variety of festivities, featuring commencement speeches from the Obamas; performances by BTS, Cabello, Chloe X Halle, Lizzo, Maluma, CNCO, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion; and an “inspirational message” from none other than Queen Bey.

Previously announced participants include Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Kelly Rowland, Kerry Washington, Malala Yousafzai and Zendaya.

YouTube is one of several platforms enlisting top talent for virtual commencement ceremonies after the coronavirus crisis canceled graduations around the world. On Saturday, former President Barack Obama delivered a pair of powerful speeches to both graduates of high schools and historically black colleges and universities in his first major public addresses since the coronavirus outbreak.

A day earlier, Oprah Winfrey headlined Facebook and Instagram’s #Graduation2020 event featuring Miley Cyrus, Awkwafina, Kristen Bell, Mindy Kaling, Selena Gomez, Sterling K. Brown, Hugh Jackman and more. In her closing speech, Winfrey dubbed 2020 graduates “the chosen class.”

Lakers superstar LeBron James also organized an hourlong commencement special over the weekend, drafting several entertainers including Bad Bunny, Pharrell Williams, the Jonas Brothers, Chika, YBN Cordae, H.E.R., Ben Platt, Megan Rapinoe and Lena Waithe. And before that, “The Office” alum John Krasinski tapped Winfrey, Yousafzai, Steven Spielberg and Jon Stewart for a graduation episode of his hit quarantine web series, “Some Good News.”

YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” starts June 6 at noon Pacific.


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Erika Jayne Opens Up About Her Cop Son After Posting Pic of Him to Instagram

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“I don’t care if he’s an adult and he carries a gun and a badge. At the end of the day. He’s still my boy.”

Erika Jayne says she’s “super proud” of her police officer son, Tommy Zizzo.

Speaking on Andy Cohen’s Sirius XM show, “Radio Andy” Wednesday, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 48, opened up about her decision to share a rare photo of her 26-year-old son on Instagram, revealing that his pic is her “best performing post.”

“I don’t know. Maybe [I’m] quarantine crazy,” Erika said as to why she posted the pic of Tommy in his police officer uniform. “But I am a proud mom, you know, of my essential worker son. He’s out there working like every other man and woman.”

When asked by Andy if she feels “extra protective” of her son during the coronavirus pandemic, Erika replied, “I think we all are. Listen, this is a crazy time. We’re all concerned for all of our families.”

The reality star, who has two million Instagram followers, said the photo of her son received more likes than any of her other posts.

“It’s so crazy,” she told Andy. “I put him on Instagram. He’s my best performing post!”

Andy then brought up how he had stopped sharing photos of his 14-month-old son, Benjamin, at the request of his family, who said his son didn’t “choose” to be in the spotlight. However, the “WWHL” said he changed his mind after reuniting with his son following his stint with the coronavirus.

“I was like, ‘I’m here. I’m, this is the reality of my life. It’s just he and I,” Andy told Erika. “And so I guess, you say maybe it’s the quarantine, but I think all of us are a little…I think we’re just chipping away at what our real life is and who we really are. And you know, this person is such a huge part of your life that it also makes sense why you would now be saying, look here. Here he is.”

“I appreciate you saying this before, you know, he didn’t choose this life. I chose this life and we try to protect them,” Erika replied in agreement. “I don’t care if he’s an adult and he carries a gun and a badge. At the end of the day. He’s still my boy.”

“The Pretty Mess” author said she doesn’t regret sharing the photo of Tommy, but admitted she didn’t give him a heads up before posting it.

“I posted it and I’m glad I did,” Erika explained. “He’s a very fine young man and I’m super proud.”

“Hopefully, it doesn’t even come across his whole situation,” she quipped. “Who knows!”

On Tuesday, Erika shared the rare photo of Tommy on her Instagram, however, she had the comments section deactivated.

“People say we look alike,” she wrote in the caption. “No, you can’t comment. ?

Though Erika has often spoken about her son from her first marriage on “RHOBH,” he’s never made an appearance on the show.


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