The One World: Together At Home livestreamed benefit concert has raised $127 million for coronavirus relief efforts, organisers Global Citizen have announced.
The eight-hour concert, which was co-organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Lady Gaga, featured performances from global music stars directly from their homes as they self-isolate during the coronavirus crisis.
Gaga, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones and Billie Eilish were just some of the 70-plus acts who took part. In the UK, two hours of the concert were broadast on BBC One, with additional performances from Little Mix, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and more.
The money raised - much of which came from corporate sponors - is going to The WHO's Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund ($55.1m), which provides tests, treatment and funding to develop a vaccine. $72.8m is going to charities providing food bands and housing.
Lady Gaga tweeted after the show: “Thank you with all of my heart for watching #TogetherAtHome, sharing in a global moment of kindness with each other, and spreading positive and loving intentions. We love you.”
Beyoncé and Alicia Keys each spoke to highlight how the disease in the US is disproportionately affecting African Americans, many of whom are key workers. "Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home," Beyoncé said. "African American communities at large have been severely affected by this crisis … this virus is killing black people and in an alarmingly high rate here in America."
As well as many stellar performances, framed as a gift to essential workers, the concert offered a glimpse into stars' homes, interspersed with uplifting messages of support from Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and more. "Put your wallets away," Gaga said ahead of her soulful performance of Smile. “It’s our love letter to the world – the incredible artists we’ve got lined up for you, they’re all here to say thank-you, to celebrate you, to give back a little bit of kindness that you’ve given to us."