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.
The duet of our dreams Thank you @JohnLegend and @SamSmith for this incredible performance! Join them and take a stand for global health today: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy pic.twitter.com/uy9FIBH1mm— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
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.”
MUST WATCH: Stevie Wonder pays tribute to his friend Bill Withers with an emotional performance of "Lean of Me."#TogetherAtHome pic.twitter.com/Ehcormd7fF— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) April 19, 2020
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.
Very happy & proud to represent my country the UAE, the Gulf, and the beloved Arab world in front of the world in this unified broadcast from my home, and for the sake of humanity and its future, We planted joy and hope me and the stars of the world,Thank God#TogetherAtHome pic.twitter.com/WDoy0TASNW— Aljassmi حسين الجسمي (@7sainaljassmi) April 18, 2020
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.”
.@LadyGaga reminds us to “smile” and be compassionate toward one another during these difficult times. Watch her incredible performance for One World: #TogetherAtHome and do your part to fight COVID-19 by taking the pledge to stay home: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy. pic.twitter.com/01jWBBpexI— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
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.
If you start us up, we’ll never stop fighting for global health. Take action with The @RollingStones: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy #TogetherAtHome pic.twitter.com/Dpze2tNyCW— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
The singing sensation covered Bobby Hebb’s 'Sunny' while her brother Finneas O’Connell played the piano.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of many people around the world. But with the power of collective action, we know change gon’ come. Watch @Lizzo's soulful performance and take action now: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy. #TogetherAtHome pic.twitter.com/2nSeSAPYCI— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
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.
Jenny from the block is staying home with her family to fight COVID-19, and you should too: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy. We love you, @jlo! #TogetherAtHome pic.twitter.com/AJVqh24Klk— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
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.
Goosebumps. @ShawnMendes and @Camila_Cabello showed their support for global health during One World: #TogetherAtHome. Take action against COVID-19 here: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy. pic.twitter.com/ZAIfmU3itM— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
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.
.@LadyGaga, @CelineDion, @AndreaBocelli, @Lang_Lang, and @JohnLegend's incredible One World: #TogetherAtHome final performance will leave you speechless. Join us as we all unite as a global community against COVID-19: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy pic.twitter.com/AfC2b6u8ZK— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
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