President John F. Kennedy is shown with Frank Sinatra at the Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., in this Jan. 20, 1961 photo.
Sinatra had actively campaigned for Kennedy
and, partnering with Peter Lawford, organized an inaugural gala for him on the night before Kennedy was sworn into office. (Photo: AP)
President Jimmy Carter greets singer Cher as her husband Gregg Allman stands second from right during a reception at the White House, Jan. 21, 1977 in Washington held by the Carters for the Georgia Peanut Brigade, a group of campaign workers. “Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers just about put me in the White House,”
Carter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“They were the best fundraisers that we had.” (Photo: Peter Bregg/AP)
Michael Jackson stands with President and Nancy Reagan May 14, 1984 on the south lawn of the White House prior to receiving an award from the president for his contribution to the drunk driving awareness program.
Reagan's remarks that day
included a number of references to Jackson's hit songs: "I hope you'll forgive me, but we have quite a few young folks in the White House who all wanted me to give you the same message. They said to tell Michael, 'Please give some TLC to the PYTs.' Now I know that sounds a little 'off the wall,' but you know what I mean. And, Michael, I have another message from our fans in the Washington, D.C., area. They said, 'we want you back.' So when you begin your greatly awaited cross-country tour, will you please be sure to drop off here in the Nation's capital?" (AP Photo/Scott Stewart)
Bob Geldof, right, attends a lunch with President Bush and Peace Corps volunteers at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008.
In a Time magazine interview with the president
, the former lead singer for the Boomtown Rats detailed Bush's initiatives to fight AIDS and other diseases in Africa. He also confronted Bush on a number of issues, including Iraq, while maintaining that the president was "a very likable fellow." (Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)
In April 2016, President Barack Obama
met with a number of hip-hop and R&B artists
, including Nicki Minaj (left), to talk about his administration's My Brother's Keeper initiative, supporting programs that kept young people out of the criminal justice system. Minaj had given
an interview to Rolling Stone
prior to the White House visit, in which she said Obama's concern for prisoners incarcerated on drug charges "melted my heart." (Photos: MTV International/Lauren Gerson via Wikimedia Commons)
Between Superman capes and trap doors, Kanye West’s Oval Office sit-down with President Donald Trump gave people a lot to talk about — including a floated future presidential run. (“Only after 2024,” Yeezy assured Trump with a grin.) It may have been the most notable and quotable visit from a pop star to a president in recent years, but attention is always paid when the worlds of music superstardom and the commander in chief collide. Here’s a look at some of those memorable meetings.