ICYMI the first time it was making headlines, Lady Gaga is heading a special online concert in partnership with the World Health Organization and Global Citizen. Called “One World: Together at Home,” the concert is “a series of virtual, no-contact concerts to inspire us all to stay inside and take action” during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Global Citizen website.
While the concert is technically a fundraiser, according to WWD, it will not be “actively requesting donations as Lady Gaga has already secured a $35 million donation for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Rather, the concert is meant to ‘tell the stories of and celebrate the frontline communities, health-care workers and their acts of kindness,’ the singer said during an April 6 press conference.”
“We want to raise the money before we go on air. When we do go on air, put your wallets away, your credit cards away, and enjoy the show,” Billboard quotes Lady Gaga.
It will be live streamed from to 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Apr. 18 EST (that’s 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Apr. 19 for us), with a six hour pre-show starting at 2 p.m. right before (again, that’s 2 a.m. on Apr. 19 for Philippine viewers), and will be up on multiple platforms—including almost every streaming service such as Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Tencent, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube.
The singer has curated an incredibly impressive lineup for both the main show and the pre-show, spanning different genres and nationalities. The lineup includes Taylor Swift, Elton John, Kpop supergroup SuperM, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and alternative band The Killers. It also has Broadway stars Leslie Odom Jr. and Andra Day, as well as multiple actors like James McAvoy and Jameela Jamil, athletes like Naomi Osaka and comedians like Ellen Degeneres. You can see the full lineup on the Global Citizen website.
Hosting the show will be late night TV show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, notably bringing together different networks. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a CBS, ABC ratings thing. It doesn’t matter at this point. It’s about entertaining and getting out there and reassuring everyone and spreading kindness and saying, ‘Hey, we’re in this. Let’s help each other when we can,'” said Fallon in his interview with the singer about the concert.
“I want to highlight this global, kind community that’s coming together right now. It’s this valiant effort that we’re all witnessing in the medical community… take a second to marvel at the bravery. I also want to highlight that this isn’t just a historical moment, but there’s a cultural moment that’s occurring as well — and it’s a kind one,” Lady Gaga said during the aforementioned interview with Fallon.