Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes and others interpreted classic filled with messages of hope and change during a television special directed to the fight against the coronavirus, while Beyoncé and Alicia Keys spoke strongly about how the virus has affected disproportionately to americans of black race.
Beyoncé appeared of surprise in the sabbath program “One World: Together At Home” and thanked the “deliverers, mail carriers and sanitation workers” for their hard work during the pandemic.
“Black americans belong disproportionately to these essential sectors of the workforce who do not have the luxury of working from home. And african-american communities in general have been severely affected by this crisis. Those with pre-existing conditions are even at more risk. The virus is killing black people at a rate that’s really alarming here in the united States,” said Beyoncé.
African-americans represent more than a third of the deaths by COVID-19 in the country, where the race of the victims has been made public. Data of states, cities and counties show an overrepresentation of blacks compared to the rest of the affected population.
“Please protect yourselves,” continued Beyoncé. “We are a family. We need them. We need their voices, their skills and their strength. I know that it is very difficult, but please be patient, stay encouraged, keep the faith, keep positive and keep praying for our heroes”.
An analysis of The Associated Press, based on data up to the Thursday, found that of the over 21,500 victims whose demographic information was known and disclosed by officials, more than 6.350 were black, or almost 30%. African-americans represent 14.2% of the 241 million people who live in the areas covered by the analysis. More than 33,000 deaths were registered in the united States until Thursday.
Keys presented similar data when he spoke during the special. He ended his message by saying: “Hold high your frequency and I send them all my love.”
Gaga, who curated the event studded with stars, inaugurated by urging those who are battling the pandemic, to get the way to smile despite the pain, performing a version of the song of Nat King Cole’s “Smile”.
Sang during the second part of the event for eight hours in support of the World Health Organization along with Global Citizen.
“I’m concerned about both the medical workers who are risking their lives for us,” said Gaga.
Wonder performed it with a piano, “Lean On Me” (Lean on me) by Bill Withers, who died on the 30th of march. He said that “during adversities such as this, we have to rely on each other”. John Legend and Sam Smith, each from his house, did a duet of “Stand by Me”; Lizzo sang “A Change Is Gonna Come” with passion; and Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, sitting together, “What a Wonderful World”.
Paul McCartney sang “Lady Madonna” by the Beatles and talked about the work of his mother, a nurse. The members of the Rolling Stones — from four different places — have joined forces to play “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. And Taylor Swift sang “Soon You’ll Get Better” while playing the piano.
The former first ladies american Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates, Ellen DeGeneres, Pharrell Williams, Kerry Washington, Lupita’nyong’o and Henry Golding gave words of encouragement while photos of health care workers and ordinary people they saw on the screen. J Balvin even offered tips to avoid getting the virus, such as washing hands, while doctors and other health workers spoke about the social distancing and assistance efforts.
“One World: Together At Home” showed the stars in intimate atmospheres transmitting virtually to the world. The program was broadcast simultaneously by ABC, NBC, CBS, Univision, iHeartMedia and Bell Media, and had Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel as hosts.
Colbert told viewers to draw their wallets, and the left side. Kimmel added that more than 50 million dollars had already been raised to help people in need during the global crisis.
Among other participants were Billie Eilish and her brother and producer Finneas, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Kacey Musgraves, Maluma and Keith Urban. Gaga, Legend, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Lang Lang closed the special with a performance of “The Prayer”.
Earlier in the day, an event of six hours in which participated Andra Day, Niall Horan, Kesha, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Heidi Klum and Jason Segel are transmitted on digital platforms as part of “One World: Together At Home”. Also acted, or spoke Latin artists including Juanes, Anitta, Becky G, Luis Fonsi, Natti Natasha and Sebastian Yatra.
“Here Kesha from day 500 of the quarantine. Strange, both to my fans,” said Kesha sitting in front of your fireplace while your cat was making sounds in the background. “I know there are a lot of people working without sleep and sacrificing so much to help decipher this for all the world, and I can only think that the vulnerability of all of us as human beings at this time is showing a side of really beautiful humanity”.
After thanking those on the front lines of the battle, said: “I’m going to do what they do best I know to do, which is play some music and hopefully save the day even a little bit. That is my goal.”
The renowned pianist Lang Lang, singer country Maren Morris, the rocker Hozier, the british star Rita Ora and singer emiratí Hussain Al Jassmi also performed during the special, which included videos focused on health care workers battling the spread of the coronavirus. There was also a segment of couples marrying — some at the entrance of their houses, other in — during the pandemic.