Although the concert wasn't a fundraiser, it has since been revealed that world leaders, corporate partners, and philanthropists have announced their support for relief efforts following the event.
The world's biggest pop stars and celebrities came together to pull off a unique pandemic-era concert on Saturday night. Curated by Lady Gaga, the star-studded lineup of One World: Together At Home celebrated healthcare staff and essential workers and expressed support for the World Health Organization's efforts to combat the global crisis. Although the show was not a fund-raiser, it has now been revealed that the eight-hour extravaganza has raised a whopping $127.9 million for pandemic relief efforts. Global Citizen–which produced the virtual concert—announced the news on Twitter, thanking the Shallow singer for helping orchestrate the event.
Thank you to all of the brave frontline health care workers, first responders, and everyday heroes for protecting our communities against COVID-19. Learn how the @WHO’s Solidarity Fund supports essential workers worldwide: https://t.co/aPU6k4aX0E #TogetherAtHome— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
$127.9 million for COVID-19 relief. That is the power and impact of One World: #TogetherAtHome. Thank you @ladygaga for helping @GlblCtzn create this historic global broadcasting event. To everyone around the world: Stay strong, stay safe, we will be together in person soon, the organization tweeted. According to Daily Mail, Global Citizen announced in a statement that the amount "has been made in commitments to date from corporate partners and philanthropists in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organization."
.@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
"World leaders, corporate partners, and philanthropists announced their support for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, powered by the UN Foundation, during the 'One World: Together At Home' global broadcast event. Donations to the fund will also support the vaccine development alliance Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and UNICEF. The Together At Home effort will also aid over 100 additional local and regional charities that will also receive funds, including Education Cannot Wait, Direct Care, Feeding America and United Way, among others," Global Citizen stated on its website.
Sharing the news with her Twitter followers, Gaga wrote: I am so humbled to have been a part of this project. Thank you @GlblCtzn. Thank you @WHO. I love you. The singer/actress previously described the concert as a love letter to those on the frontlines of the pandemic battle. Speaking to her fans in an emotional Instagram Live video, Gaga said: "I just want you to know that this is really a true love letter to all of you all over the world. I love you and I hope that you feel a big hug from the whole world today because what's really beautiful about this show is that you're all hugging each other."
.@billieeilish and @finneas will brighten your day with this cover of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” ☀️ The full One World: #TogetherAtHome broadcast is streaming now at https://t.co/QMSMOngS2h pic.twitter.com/QfUCyoSRyW— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 20, 2020
.@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
Are we out of the woods? Not exactly, but we can all do our part to help each other get through the coronavirus pandemic #TogetherAtHome. You can take action with @TaylorSwift13 to support @WHO, frontline health care workers, and everyday heroes here: https://t.co/26xVXSb0qy pic.twitter.com/mTm1EaHTw0— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
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
According to The New York Times, the One World: Together At Home lineup featured the likes of Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion, Camila Cabello, and Shawn Mendes, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and more. The concert hammered home messages about global predicaments and relief efforts between acts, sharing stay-inside advisories along with tributes to and testimonials from health care workers battling the pandemic. Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush also made appearances in solidarity with the WHO.
Thank you to all the essential workers who are getting up every day and risking their lives on our behalf. @LauraWBush and I were honored to show our support for their heroic efforts during tonight's @GlblCtzn’s One World: #TogetherAtHome Special. https://t.co/Q3saUkv36h— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 19, 2020
While some artists performed in split-screen with montages of health care workers, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys chose to use the opportunity to raise awareness on the severely disproportionate effect of the health crisis on African-Americans.
Communities of color in the US are being hit the hardest by COVID-19. That's why @aliciakeys is taking a stand with @UnitedWay, @LISC_HQ, and other organizations working to support those in need. Watch the full One World: #TogetherAtHome broadcast at https://t.co/BFfI90PeS6 pic.twitter.com/xEPOTCc79Z— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 20, 2020
To all the frontline health care workers, we can see your halo 🙏 @Beyonce is thanking all the essentials workers and everyday heroes braving the fight against COVID-19. Watch the full One World: #TogetherAtHome broadcast at https://t.co/yDBt89CXyU. pic.twitter.com/3bMCA5teHu— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
The concert came days after Lady Gaga discussed the importance of self-isolating during the current global crisis. So I talked to some doctors and scientists. It’s not the easiest for everyone right now but the kindest/healthiest thing we can do is self-quarantine and not hang out with people over 65 and in large groups. I wish I could see my parents and grandmas right now but it’s much safer to not so I don’t get them sick in case I have it. I’m hanging at home with my dogs. I love you world, we’ll all get through this. Trust me, I talked to God —she said we’re gonna be ok, the 34-year-old wrote on Instagram.