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Michelle Obama helps bring ‘prom-athon’ to MTV

Michelle Obama (pictured last November in Inglewood, Calif.) is co-chair of When We All Vote, which is teaming with MTV to present a virtual high school prom for the class of 2020.
Michelle Obama (pictured last November in Inglewood, Calif.) is co-chair of When We All Vote, which is teaming with MTV to present a virtual high school prom for the class of 2020.Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Michelle Obama is taking time off from Obamagate for a party. Next Friday, her nonpartisan When We All Vote organization and MTV are teaming up to present a virtual high school prom for the class of 2020. It’s not nearly the same as a real prom, obviously, but it’ll have to do in the spring of COVID-19.

The event is on May 22, and it’s actually going to be a “prom-athon” as it takes over MTV’s programming for the entire day. It will include old movies and short-form original content featuring the winners of the 2020 Prom Challenge. The Challenge was set up to honor schools that have, according to the release, integrated “voter registration into their schools in the most creative and impactful ways."

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MTV will announce more about the prom-athon as the day nears, including the names of those who’ll perform on MTV’s YouTube channel beginning that night at 9.


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.