“One World – Together at Home (TAH)” musical special produced individually by various music artists, had brought home a message of genuine appreciation; not only for the frontline health workers but for everyone doing their part in helping people all around the world, survive and endure a global crisis.
Kudos to Lady Gaga who spearheaded the April 18 event, curating 19 individual performances, including her front and back end acts. Surely, audiences at home were enthralled in seeing and hearing heartfelt musical performances and messages.
As Lady Gaga had announced beforehand, the purpose is not to raise funds during the 2-hour special, but purely to provide entertainment for every one to enjoy. Nonetheless, it is also Global Citizen’s and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) way of saying thank you to those who helped raise $$127 million for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Just so everyone knows, donations to the Solidarity Fund will go toward carrying out activities deemed as critical responses, in addressing the challenges faced by countries in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Stream of Outstanding Performances in the “One World” Digital Concert
Befittingly, Lady Gaga started the digital concert with her rendition of “Smile,” a Charlie Chaplin melodic composition recently revived in the 2019 award-winning “Joker” movie. Being the compleat musician that Lady Gaga is, she sang a moving yet uplifting version; as she transitioned from soulful to maudlin that is reminiscent of the nickelodeon era.
Jennifer Lopez, who is never a let down when it comes to musical performances, struck a chord in the heart of many viewers with her version of Barbra Streisand’s “People.” Through the song, JLo conveyed a reminder that people will always need people, without letting differences of location, ideology, race or religion get in the way when uniting to help people in need.
Outstanding performances were streamed by popular artists, one after another by the likes of John Legend and Sam Smith, as they sang an impressive duet of “Stand by Me,” Billie Eilish proved her mettle by singing the 60’s jazz hit “Sunny.” In-love YouTube superstars Shawn Mendez and Camila Cabello, who apparently are sheltering together, sang “What a Wonderful World” while seated side-by side.
Performances of music legends like the UK’s Sirs Paul McCartney and Elton John and America’s Stevie Wonder, are must-sees of the unprecedented digital streaming event. Near the end of the show, Taylor Swift meaningfully sang the song she wrote for her cancer-stricken mother, “Soon You’ll Get Better,” with her head often bowed and eyes downcast.
As the musical special reached its culmination, Lady Gaga together with John Legend, Celine Dione and Andrea Bocelli, accompanied by world-renowned pianist Lang Lang, sang “The Prayer.” It was a perfect closing number for a noble event, as it recapitulated the messages of love, unity and fortitude, which Global Citizen intended to convey.
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