Billboard Orlando, Gun Violence


In the wake of the tragic shooting in Orlando, musicians and executives of the industry have teamed up to sign a letter asking Congress to "stop gun violence now." The letter was published on the cover of Billboard's latest issue, and features the signatures of A-list performers including Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Britney Spears and many, many more.

The letter requests that Congress step up if efforts to prevent gun violence that kills "more than 90 Americans every day and injured hundreds more." The two suggestions the letter states are requiring background checks for every gun sale and block suspected terrorists from buying guns.

"Billboard and the undersigned implore you—the people who are elected to represent us—to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk," the letter states.

Lady Gaga spoke at a vigil following the Pulse nightclub shooting, and Gomez lost good friend Christina Grimmie, 22, just the night before when she was shot and killed during a performance in Orlando.

"Lost members of the LGBT community, I hope you know that myself and so many are your allies," the "Bad Romance" singer said at the vigil. "I can't help but feel that this level of hatred, like all prejudicial crimes, is an attack on humanity itself….Tonight, Orlando, we are united with you to remember."

Billboard's letter comes on the heels of the Senate failing to pass legislation on four gun-control measures.

Billboard Orlando, Gun Violence


Here is the full list of signatories:


Adam Lambert

Adam Levin (X Ambassadors)

Akiva Schaeffer

Alan Gilbert (NY Philharmonic)

Alanis Morissette

Alex Pall (The Chainsmokers)

Alicia Keys

Andrew Bird

Andy Samberg

Angel Coleman

Barbra Streisand


Bill Kreutzmann (Dead & Company)

Billy Joel

Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket)

Bob Weir (Dead & Company)

Bonnie Raitt

Brad Delson (Linkin Park)

Brendon Urie (Panic at the Disco)

Britney Spears

Butch Walker

Calvin Harris


Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket)

Carole King

Casey Harris (X Ambassadors)

Charlie Puth


Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

Christina Aguilera

Christina Perri

Conan O'Brien

Courtney Love

Cyndi Lauper

Demi Lovato


Drew Taggart (The Chainsmokers)

Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)

Elle King

Ellen DeGeneres

Elvis Costello

Emily Robison (Dixie Chicks)

Eric Hutchinson

Fher Olvera (Maná)

Glenn Kotche (Wilco)

Gregory Porter


Iggy Pop

Jack Antonoff

Jackson Browne

James Corden

Jason Mraz

Jean Michel Jarre

Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)

Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company)

Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)

Jennifer Lopez

Jim James (My Morning Jacket)

Joan Jett

Joe Hahn (Linkin Park)

Joe Jonas

John Mellencamp

John Stirratt (Wilco)

Jorge Hernandez (Los Tigres del Norte)

Josh Groban

Julia Michaels

Justin Tranter


Katy Perry

K.D. Lang

Kelly Rowland


Kid Cudi

Lady Gaga


Lin-Manuel Miranda


Mark Ronson

Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks)


Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam)

Meghan Trainor

Melissa Etheridge

Michael Bublé

Michael Stipe

Mickey Hart (Dead & Company)

Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco)

Mike D

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)

Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)

My Morning Jacket

Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks)

Nate Reuss

Nick Jonas

Nicky Jam

Pat Monahan

Pat Sansone (Wilco)

Patrick Hallahan (My Morning Jacket)

Paul McCartney

Pete Wentz

Peter Tork

Prince Royce

Pusha T


Ricky Martin

Ringo Starr

Rivers Cuomo

Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)

Rob Thomas

Rosanne Cash

Rufus Wainwright

Ryan Leslie

Ryan Lewis

Sam Harris (X Ambassadors)

Sara Bareilles

Selena Gomez



Stevie Nicks


Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)

Talib Kweli

Terence Blanchard

Thom Yorke

Tom Blankenship (My Morning Jacket)

Tony Bennett

Tori Amos

Trent Reznor

Troye Sivan

Vic Mensa

Wayne Coyne

Yoko Ono

Zayn Malik 


Adam Leber (Partner, Maverick)

Avery Lipman

Bradford Cobb (Partner, Direct Management Group)

Boyd Muir

Brandon Creed (Manager/The Creed Company)

Cameron Strang

Chairman/ CEO, Warner Bros. Records

Charlie Walk

Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group)

Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records)

Daniel Ek (Co-Founder/CEO, Spotify)

Daniel Glass (Founder/President, Glassnote Entertainment Group/Insieme Music Publishing)

Danny Bennett

Doug Morris

Irving Azoff (Chairman/CEO, Azoff Madison Square Entertainment)

Jason Kupperman (Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency)

Jay Marciano (COO, AEG; Chairman & CEO, AEG Live)

Jeffrey Harleston

Jeremy Zimmer (CEO/Co-Founder, United Talent Agency)

Jody Gerson

John Janick

John Esposito (PresIdent/CEO, Warner Music Nashville)

Julie Greenwald (Chairman/COO, Atlantic Records Group)

Kevin Liles (Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment)

L.A. Reid

Lee Daniels (Director; CEO, Lee Daniels Entertainment)

Lyor Cohen (CEO/Founder, 300 Entertainment)

Marc Geiger (Partner/Head of Music, William Morris Endeavor)

Mark Pinkus (President, Rhino Entertainment)

Martin Bandier

Martin Erlichman (Manager, Barbra Streisand)

Martin Kirkup (Partner, Direct Management Group)

Michael Rapino (President/CEO, Live Nation)

Michele Anthony

Michelle Jubelirer

Mike Caren (CEO, Artist Partners Group; Creative Officer, Warner Music Group)

Mike Dungan

Monte Lipman

Pasquale Rotella (CEO/Founder, Insomniac Events)

Peter Edge

Phil McIntyre (CEO/Founder, Philymack)

Rob Light (Partner/Managing Director/Head of Music, Creative Artists Agency)

Roger Gold (Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment)

Russell Simmons (Hip Hop Mogul & Activist)

Ryan Leslie (Producer)

Sam Gores (Chairman/CEO, Paradigm Talent Agency)

Scooter Braun (Founder, SB Projects)

Scott Borchetta (President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group)

Sir Lucian Grainge

Stephen Cooper (CEO, Warner Music Group)

Steve Barnett

Steve Bartels

Steven Jensen (Partner, Direct Management Group)

Steve Levine (Partner/Co-Head of Worldwide Concerts, ICM Partners)

Stu Bergen (CEO, International and Global Commercial Services, Warner Music Group)

Todd Moscowitz (Co-Founder, 300 Entertainment)

Tom Corson

Tom Windish (President, The Windish Agency)

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