These Musicians Risked It All For Social Change

Mariel Loveland | September 10, 2018 2:30 pm

Music has always been closely linked to social change, whether it was Bob Dylan singing protest songs in the ’60s or Beyoncé waving her feminist flag. In some cases, they even risked their careers to stand up for what they believe in. From the Vietnam War to Black Lives Matter, these musicians heralded major political movements and changed the world with their art.

Beyoncé Got Political At The Super Bowl


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Beyoncé has one of the largest platforms in the world and frequently uses it to champion the polarizing Black Lives Matter movement. There aren’t too many stars willing to get controversial if they manage to land a gig at the Super Bowl, but then again, there aren’t too many stars who are Beyoncé.

The Holy Grail of gigs can make or break a career (just look at Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction), but Bey eschewed this white bread tradition by delivering a politically-charged tribute to Black Lives Matter during her 2017 halftime show. The year prior, she brought the mothers of the Black Lives Matter movement to the MTV Video Music Awards’ red carpet. Read on to find out what else Beyoncé has done to fight injustice.