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Demi Lovato, Mary J Blige among SXSW Keynote speakers

Online fest runs Mar 16-20th

Demi Lovato, Mary J Blige and Carole King are among the musician Featured Speakers during SXSW Online, running March 16-20th. Lovato will discuss trans rights in the United States during a panel while Mary J Blige talks about her STARZ series Power Universe Collides. Carole King will be the subject of conversation with Sony Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Jon Platt.

“We’re truly excited about the remarkable range of creative talent and innovators that we’ve announced today as part of SXSW Online,” states Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “In the 30 plus years of SXSW, we’ve showcased so many incredible voices who have shown tremendous courage and leadership, which is why we’re excited to add Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stacey Abrams as a Keynote for 2021. Moreover, her conversation with science fiction writer N.K. Jemisin taps into the kind of creative energy that only happens at SXSW.”

New documentaries by Lovato and Tom Petty headline the SXSW Film Festival. Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil opens the SXSW Film Festival with its world premiere, and explores every aspect that led to Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free will make its world premiere as a Centerpiece Film, featuring 16mm film showing Petty at work on his 1994 record Wildflowers.

The SXSW Conference explores what’s next across entertainment, culture and technology, presented in a variety of formats. SXSW Online programming sessions are organized by themes (A New Urgency, Challenging Tech’s Path Forward, Cultural Resilience in the Arts, The Rebirth Of Business, Transforming the Entertainment Landscape, Connection in Disconnection and An Uncharted Future), which are specifically focused on our unique moment in history and a glimpse into what the future could look like.