Musicians often join forces to perform in benefit concerts, but Global Citizen‘s One World: Together at Home was certainly a benefit concert like no other. Lady Gaga curated an impressive lineup of over 100 artists who performed from home over the course of 8 hours. The pop star called it “a love letter to the world” and the event raised $128 million that will go to the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as well as local and regional responders.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert, the concert featured incredible performances by Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder and many more. The broadcast also included the stories of healthcare professionals working in close contact with coronavirus patients, as well as conversations with political leaders and scientists.
While the broadcast was filled with highlights, perhaps nothing is as memorable as the performance that closed out the show. Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, John Legend, and Andrea Bocelli—who recently gave his own stellar solo concert—were joined by pianist Lang Lang in a haunting rendition of The Prayer. As the musicians each performed from their respective homes, they came together in harmony to give new meaning to the song first recorded by Bocelli and Dion in 1998.
The lyrics of this ballad, which talk about finding a way out of darkness, seem particularly appropriate at this time: When we lose our way / Lead us to the place / Guide us with your grace / To a place where we'll be safe. By coming together in this time of crisis, these musicians are doing their part to bring a little light, love, entertainment, and hope during this strange time.
If you missed the live stream, don't worry. Global Citizen has the full concert on YouTube, as well as clips of individual performances.