Celebrities United in One World Concert for Covid-19 Relief

Musicians from around the world have raised €118 million for charity with the One World online concert. 


One World: Together at Home was broadcasted in the US and featured performances from artists such as Elton John, Beyoncé, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and many more. 


Lady Gaga curated the broadcast which aimed to thank frontline health workers and to raise money in support of the coronavirus response. 


Irish artists Hozier and Niall Horan made an appearance in the two hour broadcast which will be adapted and shown on BBC and RTÉ on March 19th. 


The broadcasts offered viewers a unique experience as artists performed from their own home rather than the stages they usually occupy. 


According to Global Citizen the event raised $127.9 million (about €118 million), providing $55.1 million (€50.6 million) to the WHO’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $72.8 million (€67 million) to local and regional responders.


In between songs many artists urged viewers to stay home and stay strong, with motivational tunes being the theme of the evening. 


Songs such as Smile, Lean on Me and You Can’t Always Get What You Want are just some examples of the messages the musicians proclaimed. 


The broadcast was watched by over 26 million viewers, with 14 million tuning in through television and 12 million streaming it on YouTube. 


Singer Beyoncé took a moment during her segment to voice the impact the coronavirus is having on the African-American community.


She cited statististics from her hometown of Houston, Texas showing that 57 per cent of Covid-19 fatalities are African-American.


She said: "Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home...Those with pre-existing conditions are at an even higher risk. This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate.”


Hosts of the broadcast, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colberttold stories of individual frontline workers. 


They highlighted the bravery of the important  work they are doing and urged the audience to continue to stay indoors.