According to Nielsen, 20.7 million people tuned in on April 19th to one of 30 different television networks to watch “One World: Together At Home,” the concert special organized by Global Citizen to celebrate the heroes who have risen up during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the special was not only to honor the medical workers and others working hard during the crisis, but also to spread awareness of proper social distancing practices and raise money for the World Health Organization’s Solidarity Response Fund. Donate to the cause here.
Lady Gaga opened the televised portion, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, by stressing how important these heroes of the coronavirus response are, and how honored she felt to be part of the fundraising effort. She then proceeded to kick off a string of performances by the most popular and influential artists across the music and entertainment industries. Preceding the two-hour event, dozens of music’s brightest stars joined in for a six-hour marathon of pre-show performances. In case you missed the show, below are the highlight musical performances from the entire eight-hour event.
Adam Lambert – “Superpower”
Lambert kicked off the show with the lead single from his newest LP, Velvet.
Jennifer Hudson – “Hallelujah”
JHud soulfully performed this classic with some amazing a cappella accompaniment.
Sofi Tukker – “Purple Hat”
Annie Lennox – “I Saved the World Today”
Lennox knocked this 1999 Eurythmics hit out of the park.
Ben Platt – “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
Platt kept the covers trend going by belting this Beatles classic.
Jess Glynne – “I’ll Be There”
Jessie J – “Bang Bang”
Jessie J belted out her 2014 hit from her album Sweet Talker.
Lady Gaga – “Smile”
Gaga gave us a beautiful piano rendition of the Charlie Chaplin-penned tune.
Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Hozier performed his smash hit from his self-titled first album.
Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
The Stones gave an incredible remote performance of one of their biggest hits.
Lizzo – “A Change is Gonna Come”
Lizzo kept the covers going with her rendition of the iconic Sam Cooke track.
Billie Eilish & FINNEAS – “Sunny”
Eilish and her brother gave an understated rendition of the Bobby Hebb jazz standard.
Taylor Swift – “Soon You’ll Get Better”
Taylor performed her Dixie Chicks-assisted duet alone with just her and her piano. The song is from her latest album, Lover.
Elton John – “I’m Still Standing”
John gave a stunning performance on the piano of one of his greatest hits.
Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang, John Legend – “The Prayer”
For the incredible finale, Gaga joined forces with some of music’s greatest for a powerful performance of the anthemic song.
Watch the full 8 hour version in case you don’t want to miss anything!