Some of the world’s top stars have helped to raise nearly $128 million for the World Health Organization by performing in a concert broadcast globally.
The virtual concert tagged ‘One World: Together at Home’ was held to honour health workers at the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Dozens of celebrities and musicians, including Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Jennifer Lopez and Burna Boy took part in the 8-hour show.
Lang Lang, Rita Ora, Black Coffee, Common, Ellie Goulding, Jacky Cheung, Usher, Paul McCartney, John Legend and Celine Dion were also among the musicians who participated.
Global Citizen, an international advocacy group that organized the event, said on Sunday that $127.9 million had been pledged in donations.
“$127.9 million for COVID-19 relief. That is the power and impact of One World: #TogetherAtHome,” Global Citizen tweeted on Sunday.
The proceeds will be given to the WHO’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
The concert was divided into two parts, a 6-hour “pre-show” and a main 2-hour show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.
“To all of our frontline healthcare workers, we are with you. Thank you for being there for us,” an on-screen caption read at the start of the show.
Those who performed also added their tributes, with Lady Gaga expressing her thanks for medical workers who are “putting their lives at risk for us right now.”
Other musicians also spoke about the need for solidarity during the pandemic.
Before performing “Lean on Me” in tribute to his late friend Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder said: “During hardships like this, we have to lean on each other for help.”
The Rolling Stones managed to perform “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” despite being in four different locations.
Burna Boy performed ‘African Giant’ and ‘Hallelujah’, two of his hit projects, during the virtual concert.
The show, which also showed featured stories about frontline workers, was streamed live on various online platforms and broadcasted on major television networks worldwide.
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