Some of the biggest names within the global music industry joined forces to celebrate healthcare workers across the world during a televised concert.
The “One World: Together at Home” not-a-fundraiser, not-a-telethon all-star concert was a genuinely heartfelt and effective moment for people to come together, and celebrate doctors at the battlefront fighting Covid-19.
The concert was organised by the worldwide Citizen movement and the World Health Organization (WHO).
It began with a montage of individuals under lockdown applauding the efforts of healthcare workers round the world who are working hard to contain the virus.
“To all of our frontline healthcare workers, we are with you. many thanks for being there for us,” read an on-screen caption.
More than 100 artists including Lady Gaga, McCartney , Billie Eilish, Elton John, Rolling Stones, Maluma and Lizzo performed songs from their living rooms, thanks to the coronavirus lockdown.
The hours-long event began online before being simulcast on major TV networks because the superstar musicians and entertainers from round the world performed.
The eight-hour show also featured real-life stories from a number of the medics on the battlefront in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Lady Gaga, who curated the line-up, called the event “a billet doux to the planet .”
Dedicating the show to first responders and medical staff, Gaga said all the musicians wanted “to refund a touch little bit of the kindness that you’ve given us.”
Those who appeared within the show called the health-care workers “the real heroes.”
The concert was split into two parts, with a six-hour “pre-show” streamed on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube; followed by the most two-hour broadcast, which was shown simultaneously by major networks round the globe.
Other performers included Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Burna Boy, Luis Fonsi, Hozier and Stevie Wonder – who played a canopy of Bill Withers’ song song Lean On Me.
The show closed with Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli and John Legend collaborating on a version of The Prayer – originally written for the 1998 film go after Camelot – whose lyrics seek a way out of the darkness.
Swapping lines as if they were sharing a microphone, the group offered a wish.
I pray you’ll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times once we don’t know
Let this be our prayer, once we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us together with your grace
To an area where we’ll be safe.