‘One World: Together at Home’ raises close to $ 128 million for COVID-19 relief | The Daily Star
04:06 PM, April 20, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:12 PM, April 20, 2020

‘One World: Together at Home’ raises close to $ 128 million for COVID-19 relief

Some of the biggest names in music have joined forces to celebrate healthcare workers in One World: Together at Home, a globally televised concert.

Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez and Billie Eilish were among more than 100 artistes who performed songs from their living rooms, due to the coronavirus crisis. The Rolling Stones even managed to play together from four separate locations. The eight-hour show also featured real-life stories from those on the front line of the fight against Covid-19. The event, organised by Global Citizen, raised almost $128m, with proceeds going towards vaccine development and local and regional charities.

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Lady Gaga, who curated the line-up, called the event "a love letter to the world." Dedicating the show to first responders and medical staff, she said the participating musicians all wanted "to give back a little bit of the kindness that you've given us". She went on to play an upbeat version of Charlie Chaplin's Smile, adding: "We want to get to the other side of this pandemic and we know you do too."

Paul McCartney joined the programme shortly after, calling health-care workers "the real heroes" of the crisis and remembering his mother Mary, who was a nurse during the Second World War.

The concert was split into two parts, with a six-hour "pre-show" streamed on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube; followed by the main two-hour broadcast, which was shown on US television.

Chat show hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon hosted that portion of the show, during which Fallon teamed up with hip-hop group The Roots and dozens of healthcare workers to perform a coronavirus-themed version of the 80s hit Safety Dance.

Proceeds generated from the concert will go to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the WHO, but Lady Gaga made it clear that the show was not a fundraising telethon and would focus on entertainment and messages of solidarity.


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