President Obama Tops List of America’s Favorite Unexpected Musicians; Actors Meryl Streep and Robert Downey, Jr. Tie for Second
This year, President Obama claimed the number one spot in NAMM’s annual survey on America’s favorite “Unexpected Musician,” a personality not primarily known for playing a musical instrument, with a majority of 29 percent. Since crooning a few lines of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at a New York fundraising event in January, the president has captured America’s heart with his surprising talent.
In an interview with Barbara Walters one month prior, he revealed that he deeply regrets not having learned a musical instrument in school. Seasoned Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep (violin) tied with actor Robert Downey, Jr. (piano, vocals) for second-place, both securing 24 percent of votes.
Key survey findings include: More women (28 percent) than men (23 percent) were excited to discover that President Obama is a vocalist, while 20 percent of women and 27 percent of men were excited to learn that Robert Downey, Jr. sings and plays the piano.
Millennials were most excited to learn about President Obama’s (30 percent) and Robert Downey, Jr.’s (30 percent) musical talents. Meanwhile, survey-takers aged 65-plus were most excited to learn about Meryl Streep’s musical abilities, with 37 percent voting for the actress. Streep was also the Baby Boomers’ celebrity of choice at 34 percent …
(Source: NAMM, via Marketwatch)