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Carly Rae Jepsen to headline HRC National Dinner

Annual fundraiser will also feature performances from A Great Big World and Futuristic

Carly Rae Jepsen 2015 Pride
Jepsen performing at the 2015 Capital Pride Festival (Photography by Ward Morrison).

Apparently, Carly Rae Jepsen really likes D.C.

The Canadian multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter known for her major hits “I Really Like You” and “Call Me Maybe,” will return to D.C. on Oct. 3, months after headlining the 2015 Capital Pride Festival, to perform at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual National Dinner.

An outspoken proponent of LGBT equality, Jepsen previously told Metro Weekly‘s Doug Rule in a 2013 interview that homosexuality is “a huge issue for some people, and it shouldn’t be.” 

Other performers at the 19th annual dinner, which is one of HRC’s chief fundraisers, will include the Grammy Award-winning duo A Great Big World, known for the song “Say Something” featuring Christina Aguilera, and hip-hop artist Futuristic. All three collaborated on A Great Big World’s newest hit, “Hold Each Other.” A Great Big World members Ian Axel and Chad King hope the song “can inspire people (even just a little) to fearlessly speak their truth when it comes to who they are and who they love.”

“We are excited that Carly Rae Jepsen, A Great Big World and Futuristic will be performing at the HRC National Dinner and help make the evening absolutely unforgettable,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “Carly Rae Jepsen is not only one of the most successful artists in the world, she has been a committed and outspoken ally for the LGBT community. A Great Big World’s new groundbreaking single featuring Futuristic has been an inspiration to us all, and we are exceptionally fortunate to welcome them to our stage.”

The 19th Annual HRC National Dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. For more information, visit

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