Together At Home: Hundreds of stars team up to fight the Coronavirus
Hope, celebrities and unity were the key ingredients during Saturday night’s “One World: Together At Home” concert, which featured hundreds of superstars from all over the world.
Lady Gaga and the advocacy organization Global Citizen created the star-studded event in order to pay tribute to medical staff fighting the Coronavirus and to promote the practice of social distancing during the pandemic.
Concerts from home
The event consisted of a six-hour pre-show and then the actual concert, which lasted two hours. Viewers from all over the world could stream “One World: Together At Home” online or watch it on several TV channels, as celebrities from near and far invited the world into their homes.
Among the pre-show performers were Rita Ora live broadcasting from the United Kingdom, The Killers from the United States and Luis Fonsi from Puerto Rico.
The main event, the two-hour concert, consisted of 20 performances. The artist included Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Elton John and The Rolling Stones.
Keep the faith
Among the acts receiving much praise were Lady Gaga, John Legend, Lang Lang, Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, who all joined forces to perform the two latter artists’ song, “The Prayer,” from 1999.
There were in fact lots of prayers during Saturday’s show, which also featured appearances by Pastor A. R. Bernard from the Christian Cultural Center Megachurch in Brooklyn, New York and Bishop of The Potter’s House, T. D. Jakes.
During the two-hour concert, superstar Beyonce made a surprise appearance and shared an important message.
“Please protect yourselves. We are one family and we need you. We need your voices, your abilities and your strength all over this world. I know it is very hard, but please be patient, stay encouraged, keep the faith, stay positive and continue to pray for our heroes. Good night and God bless you,” she said.
Almost $128 million raised
One of the intentions with “One World: Together At Home” was to spread awareness about the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization is part of the United Nations and aims to fight and inform about the Coronavirus, which has claimed 160,925 lives worldwide so far.
Additionally, the concert was initiated to raise money for WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and Sunday morning, it was announced that $127.9 million has been collected.
Before the show, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, stressed the importance of solidarity and unity.
“The World Health Organization is committed to defeating the coronavirus pandemic with science and public health measures and supporting the health workers who are on the frontlines of the response. We may have to be apart physically for a while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music. The ‘One World: Together At Home’ concert represents a powerful show of solidarity against a common threat,” he said.
If you did not watch the star-studded show live, you can catch up in the video below.
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