'One World: Together At Home' has raised $127.9 million (over $200m AUD) for the coronavirus relief fund.
The star-studded event - which was curated by Lady Gaga - featured performances from some of the world's best-known music stars, and fans have been quick to pledge their support to the relief fund.
Global Citizen, a movement that strives to end extreme poverty by 2030, shared the incredible effort on its official Twitter account: “$127.9 million for COVID-19 relief. That is the power and impact of One World: #TogetherAtHome. Thank you @ladygaga for helping @GlblCtzn create this historic global broadcasting event. To everyone around the world: Stay strong, stay safe, we will be together in person soon.”
In response to the news, Gaga admitted she was "humbled" to have been involved with the fundraiser.
Appearing remotely from their individual homes, some artists had lavish setups — like Jennifer Lopez, whose backyard looked like the twinkling backdrop of Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade, or her fellow former American Idol judge Keith Urban, who was digitally accompanied by triplet clones of himself.
Other performers went with a more lo-fi, stripped-down approach. Check out some of the highlights below.
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Rolling Stones steal the show
Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts managed to steal the show by going super-lo-fi and super-stripped-down — that is, by not actually playing at all.
The Stones were a last-minute addition to Saturday’s already star-studded lineup, and their rootsy, in-the-pocket performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” — with Mick Jagger (sounding in fantastic form), Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Watts appearing in four Brady Bunch-style split-screen squares — was one of the most anticipated and well-received moments of the broadcast.
Para todos los que realmente pensaban que #CharlieWatts estaba en una. No, lo que estaba tocando pertenece a la tecnología de baterías invisibles como @aerodrums o @freedrumrocks 🥁 pic.twitter.com/KDyTRJu6hG— Carolina Alvarez (@caroalvarezcano) April 19, 2020
Charlie Watts playing the air drums just won 2020 and it's not even May yet.— Michael M Norwood (@MNorwood21) April 19, 2020
‘One World’ offers other comical moments during crisis
‘One World’ offered some other comical moments — like when Charlie Puth went viral for performing in front of his unmade bed, or when Jimmy Fallon (who co-hosted the broadcast with Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert) and the Roots adorably performed Men Without Hats’ ‘Safety Dance’ with the topical altered lyrics “we can dance, we can dance, everybody's washing their hands.”
Sir Elton John kept the proceedings upbeat with ‘I’m Still Standing’, although he went viral himself as befuddled tweeters wondered why he was performing on a backyard basketball court.
And the wonderful Annie Lennox made her performance a cross-generational tour de force, singing with her talented daughter Lola Lennox on the ethereal Eurythmics classic ‘There Must Be an Angel’.
Stars pay tribute
But most of the event was fittingly somber in tone.
Stevie Wonder paid tribute to his recently departed friend Bill Withers by covering Withers’s iconic and appropriate ‘Lean on Me’, while Sir Paul McCartney, whose mother was a nurse during World War II, dedicated ‘Lady Madonna’ to healthcare workers.
Younger pop stars impressed
Lady Gaga, who curated the event, opened the prime-time portion of the show with a sublime rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Smile’; Lizzo showcased her serious side with a passionate take on Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’; John Legend and Sam Smith teamed for a sweet virtual duet of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me’; and Billie Eilish, accompanied by her brother/producer Finneas O’Connell, did a tasteful, unamplified cover of Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’ that should finally silence any doubters who still think she’s a studio creation that cannot sing.
Additionally, house music duo Sofi Tukker opted to perform two of their own tunes, ‘Purple Hat’ and ‘Drinkee’, bringing festival-fun vibes (during what would have been Coachella weekend two) with their tropical set, garish club-wear, and blinking disco lights.
Prior to the broadcast, Gaga described 'One World: Together At Home' as a “love letter”.
The chart-topping star thanked people for their support during an emotional Instagram Live video.
“I just want you to know that this is really a true love letter to all of you all over the world,” she said.
“I love you and I hope that you feel a big hug from the whole world today because what's really beautiful about this show is that you're all hugging each other.”
Reporting by Lyndsey Parker, Kristine Tarbert, and Bang Showbiz.
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