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President sings Happy Birthday to his daughter at his final Independence Day celebration

Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae performed at the White House yesterday for President Barack Obama’s final Independence Day celebrations.

Lamar performed songs including ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Alright’ and ‘Swimming Pools’ at the traditional celebrations, while Monae rounded off her set with a cover of Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’.

Obama said he’d chosen the pair to perform at his outgoing Independence Day festivities because “They’re amazing artists”. He added: “I have to tell you that these two I’ve gotten a chance to know, and they are both amazing artists; talented and popular and doing great things, but they’re also very conscious about their responsibilities and obligations. They put in a lot of time and effort on behalf of a lot of causes that are important. We’re really proud of them for that.”

The President’s eldest daughter Malia celebrated her 18th birthday yesteday too, and her father got the audience to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her, saying: “And just because it’s a job of a father to embarrass his daughters, I’ve got one last job. It just so happens that we celebrate our country’s birthday on the same day that we celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday.”

The show rounded off a hectic weekend for Lamar. He performed in London at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time at Hyde Park with Florence And The Machine on Saturday, flying straight back to New Orleans to play at Essence Fest on Sunday before his performance at the White House in Washington DC on Monday.