Lady Gaga is coming together with the World Health Organisation to curate One World: Together at Home, a live-streamed and televised benefit concert in support of WHO’s COVID-19 solidarity response fund. The event will also be a celebration of health workers around the world.
The line-up includes Gaga herself, alongside Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Lizzo, J Balvin, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Billie Joe Armstrong, Alanis Morissette, Burna Boy, Andrea Bocelli, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam), Elton John, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban and Lang Lang.
Three US talk show hosts, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, have been announced as hosts of the event. Broadcast in the US will begin at 8 pm EST on April 18 on the television networks ABC, CBS and NBC, alongside a free live-stream.
Here in the UK, BBC One will air an adapted version of the concert on April 19, including exclusive performances from UK artists and interviews with frontline health workers. Full details of this broadcast are yet to be revealed.
Social action platform Global Citizen and the WHO have partnered to produce the event, the former’s Together at Home series being the basis for the event’s format. Launched last month, Together at Home has featured live-streamed performances from several artists in isolation including Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Christine and The Queens, and Hozier.
Speaking during a WHO press conference, Gaga said she had helped to raise $35m (£28m) for Global Citizen in the past week. She clarified that the One World event was not a fundraising telethon, but instead would focus on entertainment while philanthropists and business would be urged to donate to the COVID-19 solidarity response fund.