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One World COVID-19 virtual concert held to support and celebrate the efforts of medical workers

Posted at 2:48 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 14:50:08-04

Singers and musicians from around the world took part in Saturday's "One World: Together At Home" virtual global concert, an effort to support and celebrate the effort of health care workers around the world in their fight against COVID-19.

The event began with a six hour collection of performances that were streamed globally, leading into a two hour broadcast show.

A closing exclamation point for the concert was a collaboration of world renowned pianist Lang Lang, and singers John Legend, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli on "The Prayer".

Gaga, who curated the roster of performers for the concert, also opened the proceedings with a rendition of "Smile".

Among the night's other artists, Stevie Wonder sang a medley that included "Lean On Me"---a tribute's to that song's writer and performer, Bill Withers, who passed away on March 30th.

From separate locations, The Rolling Stones came together through technology to perform one of their standards, "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

Lizzo put her own spin on the Sam Cooke hit, "A Change Is Gonna Come", Taylor Swift performed "Soon You'll Get Better" from her newest album.

Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas, teamed up for their rendition of the sixties hit, "Sunny".

John Legend and Sam Smith also paired up on the classic, "Stand By Me".

Late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon teamed up to host the event, which was simulcast on ABC, CBS and NBC here in the states and other networks around the world.

$50 million had been raised by corporations in advance, to help support the World Health Organization's work.

Oprah Winfrey was among the notables appearing during the event, as well as former first ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.