A digital live performance full of A-listers — from The Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift to Billie Eilish — entertained followers world wide with a present celebrating well being staff, as billions shelter at residence on account of coronavirus.
Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Marvel, Paul McCartney and LL Cool J additionally joined within the Woman Gaga-curated on-line get together – referred to as One World: Collectively at Residence, which was backed by the worldwide advocacy group World Citizen in partnership with the World Well being Group.
Earlier than opening the present Woman Gaga — who started working with World Citizen and the WHO weeks in the past to fundraise for the battle in opposition to COVID-19 — stated she was praying for medical staff and likewise “considering of all of you which might be at residence, who’re questioning when that is all going to be totally different.”
“What I might love to do tonight, if I can, is simply provide the permission to, for a second — smile,” she stated as she broke right into a rendition of Nat King Cole’s “Smile.”
Stevie Marvel then wowed with a tribute to the late soul legend Invoice Withers.
Sitting at his residence piano Marvel, who turns 70 subsequent month, performed “Lean On Me” earlier than launching into his personal “Love’s In Want Of Love In the present day” in his singular crystal-clear voice.
Mick Jagger additionally appeared ageless regardless of his 76 years as he delivered the basic “You Cannot At all times Get What You Need,” as his fellow Stones performed from their respective properties, together with a grinning Charlie Watts on the air drums
Additionally at her piano Swift performed the weak “Quickly You may Get Higher,” which the pop phenom wrote about her mom’s struggles with most cancers.
World Citizen supposed the primetime occasion broadcast on main tv networks worldwide — and hosted by American late-night tv personalities Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert — not as a fundraiser however as a second of unity by way of tune.
In addition they deliberate it as a “rallying cry” to help well being staff, whereas coronavirus has no less than 4.5 billion folks pressured or urged to remain residence.
Previous to the occasion World Citizen started urging philanthropists, corporations and governments to help the WHO in its coronavirus response efforts, saying it has raised $35 million for native organizations and the worldwide well being physique’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Along with performances — McCartney performed “Woman Madonna,” as Lizzo belted out a strong model of “A Change Is Gonna Come” — the occasion highlighted the efforts of important staff worldwide, together with medical personnel and people delivering meals and sanitary merchandise to weak populations.
None apart from Queen Bey herself joined in to thank “true heroes” who’re “away from their households, caring for ours.”
Beyonce, a Houston native, additionally emphasised that the coronavirus pandemic in the USA is disproportionately affecting black Individuals, who make up a big a part of “important elements of the workforce that do not need the posh of working from residence,” she stated.
Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Nigerian singer Burna Boy have been among the many contributors within the occasion that included former US first girls Michelle Obama and Laura Bush in addition to media character and philanthropist Oprah.
British actor Idris Elba — who was recognized with and recovered from coronavirus — additionally took half.
“Tonight, by way of the common language of music, we salute the bravery and sacrifice of well being heroes and others,” stated UN Secretary Common Antonio Guterres in a clip performed through the broadcast.
“And please be a part of our name for a worldwide ceasefire to deal with our frequent enemy — the virus.”
The present closed with a transferring concord of Celine Dion, Woman Gaga, Andrea Bocelli and John Legend performing Dion and Bocelli’s 1999 hit duet “The Prayer,” as famend live performance pianist Lang Lang accompanied.
Saturday’s on-line festivities kicked off with a six-hour pre-show streamed on-line, with stars throughout the globe together with Christine and the Queens, Jennifer Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Luis Fonsi and Kesha making appearances.
Soccer phenom David Beckham held a video chat with younger athletes, encouraging them to maintain honing their expertise at residence with sporting occasions canceled indefinitely.
Adam Lambert carried out a rendition of Tears for Fears’ hit “Mad World,” whereas The Killers delivered a stripped-back model of “Mr. Brightside” and Hong Kong icon Eason Chan performed John Lennon’s “Love.”
And New Yorker Sarah Jessica Parker of “Intercourse and the Metropolis” fame gave a shout out from her sofa to medical staff toiling on the metropolis’s significantly hard-hit hospital Elmhurst.
Hospital staff additionally gave testimony on their important work battling the virus.
Wearing scrubs, Aisha al Muntheri spoke from Paris to say she was proud to serve “on the entrance traces with my colleagues.”
“It is a part of our worth in drugs to serve humanity,” she stated.
“The humanity is our frequent language.”