Lady Gaga & World Health Organization Raise Money For Coronavirus, Announce Television Special
Grammy-winning music superstar Lady Gaga is teaming up with the World Health Organization to raise money and awareness with a global televised special in support of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oscar-winning singer announced her plans with WHO on Monday. A televised special will take place on Saturday, April 18, and feature several stars. Proceeds will go toward the COVID-19 Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, and will provide protective equipment for health-care professionals. There has been a desperate need for supplies as the number of patients are outnumbering resources at medical facilities.
It was also revealed that Lady Gaga and the charitable organization Global Citizen have already raised $35 million for the World Health Organization.
Lady Gaga had already postponed the release of her highly anticipated sixth studio album “Chromatica”, just weeks ago, citing that she’d rather focus her attention on helping out with the global pandemic.
“We are all so very grateful to all of the health-care professionals across the country and the world who are on the front lines during COVID-19,” Lady Gaga said.
According to her announcement, the concert will be broadcast on several networks with the intention of accomplishing three main goals: celebrate and highlight the singular kind global community that is arising right now; highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement; and celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit.
Entitled “One World: Together at Home”, the special will be hosted by late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert—and as the title says, the stars will be performing from their homes in adherence to current health precautions.
There will also be appearances by characters from “Sesame Street”, David Beckham, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Kerry Washington, and more.
A lineup of A-list music stars are set to perform, including: Billie Eilish, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Chris Martin, Billie Joe Armstrong, Keith Urban, Stevie Wonder, and more.
The special will be broadcast live starting at 8 pm E.T. on ABC, NBC, ViacomCBS Networks and iHeartMedia, as well as on Bell Media networks and platforms in Canada. It will also be available to stream live on the internet via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
Late last month, Elton John also hosted a benefit concert entitled “iHeart Living Room Concert For America,” from his home in Los Angeles. It featured singers Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl and Mariah Carey, and raised funds for two U.S. charities—Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation.