The Most Memorable Moments From The 'One World: Together At Home' Benefit Show

BY Aisha Rauf / Apr 19 2020 / 11:49 AM

The historical eight-hour event united the world in its fight against COVID-19, as more than 100 celebrities made an appearance in support of frontline healthcare workers and the WHO

The Most Memorable Moments From The 'One World: Together At Home' Benefit Show

It was a truly unforgettable night (or early morning here in the UAE) for both artists and viewers alike.

The ‘One World: Together At Home’ event kicked off at 4:00 (GST), streaming performances and acts for eight hours. Musicians from all over the world were united and performed from their homes, in order to pay tribute to frontline workers battling the global COVID-19 crisis and the World Health Organization.

Celebrities joined in solidarity, representing their countries as well as constantly reminding viewers of the importance of staying at home during this crucial time, as their acts were both televised and streamed online across the globe.

The star-studded event - curated by Lady Gaga and organized by Global Citizen - was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert and featured the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, Pharrell Williams and Shah Rukh Khan, among many others.

Bazaar shares some of our favourite highlights from 'One World: Together At Home' below.

John Legend and Sam Smith

One of the most memorable and emotional performance was John Legends and Sam Smith's rendition of Ben E. King's classic ‘Stand By Me.’ John performed on the piano with Sam joining in for the duet.

Stevie Wonder

The living legend performed Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me' along with the message “during hardships like this we have to lean on each other for help.”

Hussain Al Jassmi

Emirati singer (and only Arab representative) Hussain Al Jassmi performed on the piano, while dressed in a traditional kandura, making the region and his homeland proud. 

Lady Gaga

The curator of the historic event performed 'Smile' by Nat King Cole, while encouraging viewers to smile through the pain they might be going through during the pandemic. Lady Gaga's first performance took place during the second part of the event and she later took to Twitter to say “I am so humbled to have been part of this project.”

The Rolling Stones

The band performed 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want' with half of the members performing from the UK and the other half in the USA. Their latest tour was put on hold amid the crisis but fans were given a preview of what they can expect.

Billie Eilish

The singing sensation covered Bobby Hebb’s 'Sunny' while her brother Finneas O’Connell played the piano.

Lizzo

Leaving everybody awestruck with her captivating and soulful performance, Lizzo sang Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come,’ a song with a positive message that clearly touched the hearts of many people.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer channelled Barbra Streisand while singing one of her most famous songs, ‘People,’ from the 1964 musical Funny Girl, reminding viewers just why we all love her.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

The real-life couple crooned ‘What A Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong. Mendes played the piano, while the duo sang their hearts out.

Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, John Legend and Lang Lang

The event ended with a special collaborative performance of ‘The Prayer.’ One of the most touching and heartfelt performances of the night brought together the performers from five difference locations around the world. The closing message was one of hope and gratitude to all frontline healthcare workers.

Other notable appearances included Alicia Keys and Beyonce’s and their message on how “African American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis.” Paul McCartney discussed his mother’s life as a nurse and urged politicians to “strengthen the healthcare system around the world so that a crisis like this never happens again.”

Lastly, it was recently announced that the event raised $127.9 million (approx. Dhs469.7 million) for COVID-19 relief. 

Missed the show? You can catch all the action and highlights of the event below.


Lead image courtesy of YouTube/Global Citizen