America is in the throes of election fever as the final countdown to 8 November begins. There has been scaremongering, mudslinging and a star-studded advert encouraging people to register to vote − that's just in the last couple of weeks.
When it comes to political campaigns, there is no denying celebrity endorsements go a long way. Just ask Obama, his well-documented relationship with A-listers including Bono and Jay Z and Beyonce is said to have helped him secure the White House for two terms.
Just like the Super Bowl, the US elections have become a celebrity shindig, with big names dipping their feet in the political pool, via social media. NBA star LeBron James is the latest celebrity to join the debate ahead of the ballot. He publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton, in an op-ed published in Business Insider, telling fans that his decision was spurred by the belief that she would continue her predecessor's legacy.
"There's still a lot of work to be done in Akron, northeast Ohio, and all across our great country,"James said. "We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let's register to vote, show up to the polls and vote for Hillary Clinton."
In Trump's corner is Hollywood actress Kirstie Alley, who made her allegiance known back in April when she tweeted: "HELLO BOYS! this is my formal endorsement of @realDonaldTrump & I'm a woman! (last I checked) And Rudy, U R amazing!"
Prepare for some surprises as IBTimes UK's reals of some of Trump and Clinton's most famous supporters.
Robert De Niro
"I think that she's paid her dues," the Hollywod star said of Clinton. "She has earned the right to be president and the head of the country at this point. It's that simple."
He was less complimentary when it came to Trump. In an on-camera rant filmed as part of the #voteforyourfuture campaign, De Niro branded Trump "blatantly stupid" and revealed he would punch him if given the chance. "He's a punk, he's a dog, he's a pig [...] a mutt who [...] doesn't do his homework, doesn't care. He's an idiot," he said.
James is a long-time Democratic supporter and helped outgoing President Obama campaign in 2008.
Legendary pop star Cher voiced her support of Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton at campaign event in Provincetown, Massachusetts back in the summer. She also used the same event and her Twitter account on multiple occasions to denounce Trump. Back in August, she likened him to Hitler and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin.
Mary J Blige
Back in March, the long-time Democratic supporter, debuted her single, Strength Of A Woman, during a Clinton fundraiser.
Pop superstar Katy Perry pulled out all the stops for Clinton. Shortly after the democratic hopeful went toe-to-toe with Trump at the first televised presidential debate, the Dark Horse singer unveiled a campaign urging fans to vote with the slogan: "TOMORROW, I USE MY BODY AS CLICK BAIT TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD."
While out and about in New York City on Wednesday (19 October), the songstress appeared to endorse Hillary Clinton with an emblazoned t-shirt featuring a photo of the Republican hopeful donning a cap and making her best resting b**ch face.
In a string of since-deleted posts, the hip-hop star revealed back in May that she believed the Clinton would push her own agenda if she made it into the White House.
"I REALLY want Donald Trump to win the election," she reportedly said, adding in another tweet, "Hillary has been GROOMED for the presidency. She's another one of the establishment's robots here to carry out an agenda."
The former boxing champion Trump's shares a mutual respect for Trump ."I know him," the 50-year-old sportsman told the Daily Beast in January. "When I see him, he shakes my hand and respects my family. None of them – Barack, whoever – nobody else does that. They're gonna be who they are and disregard me, my family."
He also vowed to use his platform to get "20,000 people or more to vote for him".
After voicing his support for Ben Carson in 2013, the rocker stunned fans earlier this year when he appeared to do a complete 180 and jump on the Trump bandwagon. "I'm digging Trump," he told Rolling Stone magazine. " I feel like a lot of people, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there's going to be the same shit.