Lady Gaga is to lead a huge virtual concert to honor medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The ‘Born this Way’ hit maker has teamed up with Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the “historic, first-of-its-kind global broadcast” ‘One World: Together at Home’, which will air across various networks and streaming services around the world and feature performances from the likes of Sir Elton John, Chris Martin, Sir Paul McCartney, John Legend, Lizzo and Billie Eilish.
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Today we’re launching One World: #TogetherAtHome, a global broadcast on April 18 curated in collaboration with @LadyGaga and featuring your favorite artists and comedians — all in support of the @WHO and the health care workers on the frontlines of the #COVID19 crisis. ⭕ Visit the link in our bio or globalcitizen.org/togetherathome to learn more and take action now!
The concert – which will broadcast on 18th April – will benefit the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, as well as local and regional charities helping those in need and will “celebrate and support brave healthcare workers doing life-saving work on the front lines”.
Gaga said: “We want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement … and we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit.
“I would like to send my prayers to people who are losing their jobs and having a hard time feeding themselves and their children.”
Hugh Evans, co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, added in a statement: “As we honour and support the heroic efforts of community health workers, ‘One World: Together At Home’ aims to serve as a source of unity and encouragement in the global fight to end COVID-19.
“Through music, entertainment and impact, the global live-cast will celebrate those who risk their own health to safeguard everyone else’s.”
The ‘Star is Born’ actress stressed that the concert is not a fundraiser.
She said: “We want to raise the money before we go on air. When we do go on air, put your wallets away, your credit cards away, and enjoy the show.”
Late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will team up to host the evening, alongside the cast of ‘Sesame Street’.
The line-up for the event, which Gaga helped put together, will also include the likes of Eddie Vedder, Idris Elba – who recently recovered from coronavirus, Alanis Morissette, Kacey Musgraves, David Beckham, Billie Joe Armstrong and Keith Urban, while medical workers from around the world will also appear.