As this global pandemic ravages our communities and our society, many celebrities have found ways to utilize their platforms and their talents to give back to the communities affected negatively by the onset of COVID-19.
One of these celebrities, A-lister Lady Gaga, helped coordinate “One World: Together at Home” a prime-time concert special that was produced by Global Citizen. The concert was targeted at supporting the World Health Organization and COVID-19 workers.
The nearly eight-hour-long special featured Gaga herself, along with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert as hosts. In addition, celebrities like Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and more made appearances, singing and performing from their homes.
Though most celebrities took their spot on the program to sing, some, like Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, used their time on the special to point toward the inequality faced by the African American community in this global pandemic.
For some, these moments on the program meant virtually connecting with other at-home bandmates to bring together their unified sound as clearly as possible. For others, it meant the unpolished look of living rooms or perhaps unglamorous thrown-together home studios.
Between Billie Eilish’s jazzy rendition of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” to Elton John’s classic “I’m Still Standing”, the theme of the night was targeted at the hope we should all be considering and the resilience of American people.
When needed, of course, the program also took to reflecting. Taylor Swift performed her somber ballad “Soon You’ll Get Better”, and Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, and John Legend came together for a beautiful rendition of “The Prayer”.
A week ahead of the show, Gaga helped to raise $35 million dollars by contacting corporate leaders to raise money for PPE supplies aiding front line workers. The goal was to raise money before the program so the audience could enjoy the show.
Global Citizen, after the show, revealed that nearly $128 million was raised for the COVID-19 relief effort. Between world leaders, philanthropists, and corporate partners showing their support, the money was raised to aid the COVID-19 solitary response fund and local responders.