The Star-Studded "One World: Together At Home" Concert Inspired, Entertained, And Raised More Than $100M!
Curated by Lady Gaga, in partnership with Global Citizen, the massively successful eight-hour long special featured musical performances and collabs, frontliner tributes, messages of hope, and a call to action during this time of crisis
It's not everyday that we see some of the biggest names in comedy, entertainment, and music sing their souls out straight from their homes—barefaced, sans stage outfit and stage itself, unaccompanied by backup performers and band, no screaming fans and flashy VFX, with nothing but their voices and intentions piercing our hearts through our screens.
It's an even rarer occasion to see almost a hundred of them participate in something like this, but then again, these are extraordinary times we're in; the COVID-19 pandemic has ultimately changed every aspect of our lives and it's been difficult. Using their talents and influence, these artists came together to show their solidarity and support, recognize this crisis' heroes, and inspire us to work towards—and hope for—a better tomorrow.
They banded together on April 18 at the One World: Stay At Home Together concert, a digital event initiated by Lady Gaga and executed in partnership with the World Health Organization and Global Citizen.
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TODAY — Don’t miss a moment of One World: #TogetherAtHome! This historic event will unite more than 100 of the world’s leading artists, health care experts, and Global Citizens in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Tune in for our digital livestream at 2 p.m. ET and our television broadcast at 8 p.m. ET to support @WHO and frontline health care workers fighting COVID-19. ⭕ Find out how you can watch at globalcitizen.org/togetherathome
Hosted by America's late night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Jimmy Kimmel, the eight-hour long special was a mix of musical and comedic performances, talks with with healthcare professionals and front line workers, and clips of informative updates about the pandemic.
By the end of the event, it was announced that an amazing $127,900,000 was raised for COVID-19 relief efforts. The proceeds will be divided between the WHO and several charities, to be used mostly for testing kits and treatment, food banks, charity housing, and the development of a vaccine.
As for the artist lineup, huge crowd-drawers like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Celine Dion, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Paul McCartney, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Priyanka Chopra, Elton John, The Killers, Alicia Keys, Usher, ex-One Directioners Niall Horan and Liam Payne, Kesha, Common, Sheryl Crow, Michael Bublé, K-Pop group Super M, and more lit up homes when they sang acapella, with guitars and pianos, or together. (Watch some of these performances here).
Some celebs also took the time to talk about some of the biggest consequences of this health crisis:
Paul McCartney took a subtle political jab at governments by saying that healthcare systems need to be strengthened in order for these events never to repeat themselves again.
Beyoncé talked about how African-Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Priyanka Chopra put the spotlight on how displaced, homeless groups face double the threat, as they are unable to protect themselves from the risk of infection and have little to no access to medical care.
Bille Joe Armstrong turned the world's attention to empty, crowd-less city streets to show the extreme effects of the pandemic on normal, everyday living.
Fans also took note of some of the most exceptional, touching performances from their favorite artists from the concert:
Taylor Swift got tons of love for singing a song she originally created for her mother, who has both breast cancer and a brain tumor, and fitting it to the context of current events.
The Rolling Stones, including a post-heart surgery Mick Jagger, shed their signature unwieldy rockstar stage personas to make room for a calm, reassuring (but my no means lethargic) performance.
Then there was Lady Gaga who collaborated with Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, John Legend and pianist Lang Lang in an unexpected rendering of "The Prayer."
Newcomer Lizzo also wowed her global audience with her live, soulful vocals that needed zero digital remastering to sound just as amazing as they do on a record.
Non-entertainment personalities also took part in the concert. Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, David and Victoria Beckham, and former US first lady Michelle Obama all shared messages, while Oprah did some behind the scenes work (a.k.a. made a $10 million donation).
The digital concert was so successful that viewers had not only commented on how much they'd enjoyed it, but also hoped for a sequel, possibly one that features different artists and additional performances.
Watch the full-length digital event below, complete with interviews and tributes below!
Photos from @beyonce @taylorswift @ladygaga @ritaora