Lady Gaga., Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and John Legend joined forces with pianist Lang Lang for a show-stopping rendition of The Prayer to close the Together Alone concert.
‘Half of humanity’ under social distancing curbs
Compared to the subdued songs that preceded it, it was a relatively screechy performance, but the lyrics were apposite for a concert that highlighted the immense personal cost of the coronavirus epidemic.
Quote Message: When shadows fill our day / Lead us to a place / Guide us with your grace / Give us faith so we’ll be safe. from Lyrics to The Prayer
Going into the eight-hour show, it was hard to know what to expect.
The technical challenge of putting together a “concert” from people’s living rooms must have been immense – and there was always a danger the event would have seemed flaky and under-cooked.
In the end, however, it was saved by a combination of ingenuity and sincerity, not to mention the presence of some of pop’s biggest names.
The entire extravaganza can be re-watched on streaming platforms right now. In the UK, BBC One will be showing a cut-down of the best bits on Sunday night, combined with new and exclusive performances from the likes of Little Mix and Tom Jones.
Summary of One World
- The One World: Together At Home show included more than 100 artists play live from their homes
- The eight-hour event was run by the Global Citizen movement and the WHO was live-streamed and broadcast on TV
- Lady Gaga, who helped organise the concert, also performed
- At his White House briefing on Saturday evening, President Donald Trump praised the production of hospital goods in the US: “V for victory, V for ventilator!”
- Councils in England are to get an extra £1.6bn in funding to help them deal with the pandemic
- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has asked that there be no gun salutes to mark her birthday on Tuesday
- It is thought to be the first such request from the Palace in the British monarch’s 68-year reign.
- As world coronavirus deaths pass 150,000, more than 4.5 billion people are under containment to slow the pandemic.
- The One World: Together At Home eight-hour marathon concert saw more than 100 artists play live from their homes
- The show was in support of frontline workers around the world fighting the coronavirus outbreak
- Lady Gaga, who helped organise the concert, said it was a “love letter” to doctors, nurses and other key workers
- There have now been more than 2.3 million confirmed cases worldwide and over 160,000 deaths, according to America’s Johns Hopkins University
- Millions of Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter – the most important festival in their calendar, amid a series of restrictions and bans
- President Trump said that “per capita” the US has a lower coronavirus death toll than many other countries. Nearly 39,000 people have died in America
- In England, councils would get an extra £1.6bn in funding to help them deal with the pandemic, the government said
BBC’s live coverage was brought to you by BBC reporters in London, Manchester and Washington DC: Rebecca Seales, Henri Astier, Deirdre Finnerty, Kelly-Leigh Cooper, Vicky Bisset, Frank Keogh, Neil Johnston, Sai Chowdhury, Tom Gerken, Mark Savage and Paul Kirby.