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Michelle Obama has commended Beyoncé for her efforts in encouraging voter turnout, specifically highlighting her song “Cowboy Carter” and her rallying cry for people to vote, known as the “Ya Ya.”

Obama emphasized the significance of our history, joy, and votes, highlighting the power they hold.

In her tweet thread on Tuesday, the former First Lady celebrated Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter,” hailing the musician as a “history-maker” who continually reshapes the music landscape. She urged listeners to register to vote, quoting a line from “Ya Ya.”

 

“By helping redefine a music genre and transform our culture, you have once again changed the game with Cowboy Carter. I am so proud of you!” Obama expressed. “Cowboy Carter serves as a reminder that despite our struggles to be heard, seen, and acknowledged, we can still embrace our identity unapologetically, dancing and singing. This album underscores the power we all possess.”

 

Transitioning to a call for action, Obama emphasized the importance of using our voices to vote in the upcoming election. “Our history, our joy, and our votes carry power — and each of us can leverage our unique gifts and talents to advocate for the issues that matter most to us,” she asserted.

“As Queen Bey says at the end of ‘Ya Ya,’ we must ‘keep the faith’ and ‘VOTE!'” Obama wrote, sharing a link to a website aiding individuals in registering to vote and alluding to the outro of “Ya Ya.”

The song mentioned by Obama featured a segue track named after Black country legend Linda Martell, who described it as a tune that spans various genres, offering a unique listening experience. Beyoncé also sampled Nancy Sinatra’s 1965 single, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” on the track.

 

This isn’t the first time the former First Lady shared a message following one of Beyoncé’s releases. A video she recorded after the release of Homecoming became a meme in 2019. “Hey, queen! Girl, you have done it again, constantly raising the bar for all of us and doing it flawlessly,” Obama said in a video clip after Beyoncé dropped her documentary following Coachella.

 

In that same year, Beyoncé penned an essay about Obama, who was listed in Time‘s Most Influential People list. “Loving Michelle Obama wasn’t much of a choice,” Beyoncé said in 2019. “It was something that came naturally, because of how she carried herself. Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren’t exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful.”

Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, have been staunch supporters of the Obamas, particularly during President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign (Beyoncé even performed the National Anthem at his second inauguration). In return, the Obamas have been vocal admirers of the musical power couple, featuring their songs on various public playlists. Last July, Michelle Obama was even seen dancing with Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert in Paris, France.

Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter” has garnered significant praise over the weekend, with accolades coming from many of her collaborators, such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Martell. Additionally, she expressed gratitude to Jack White for his inspiration on the record, as he shared photos of a bouquet she sent him on Tuesday.

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