The coronavirus threat has brought the entire world to a halt. Everyone is in self-isolation and a general lockdown is being observed the world over.
In such tough times, artists from around the world have found a way to pay their regards and celebrate those fighting on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic the world over. Not only that, these artists have joined forces to call on people, urging them to practice social distancing, proper hygiene and also stay at home for their own selves and for their dear ones.
Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and Oprah Winfrey came together for a special broadcast of music and comedy, sharing personal stories to help keep the morale high and to celebrate the frontliners of the coronavirus pandemic.
The two-hour event, titled, One World: Together at Home, was broadcast across multiple television channels in the United States and overseas, and featured a large number of artists and celebrities coming in together to unite against the coronavirus.
All contributions that were filmed from their homes also came from Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, British soccer star David Beckham, former U.S. first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Billie Eilish, Bill Gates including Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra.
The special event was curated by Global Citizen and the World Health Organisation (WHO) along with the help of Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga also opened the event singing Charlie Chaplin’s uplifting song, Smile following which the celebrities shared jokes, personal stories, and music contributions. The artistes also spoke about COVID-19 and its impact on the world.
Taylor Swift, on piano, gave an emotional rendition of her ballad Soon You’ll Get Better, which was originally written during her mother’s battle with cancer.
Beyonce and Ellen DeGeneres also thanked all the healthcare workers across the globe while SRK and Priyanka Chopra chipped in about the novel coronavirus and its effect in countries with a big population and limited resources.
The event raised a total of USD 127.9 million for health care around the world.