‘One World: Together at Home’ through Lady Gaga’s upcoming benefit concert

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In the wake of an uncertain and devastating pandemic, Lady Gaga has recently stepped up to the challenge of providing a glimmer of hope to the world through the comforting invitation of a night of music and togetherness. The upcoming benefit concert special, titled “One World: Together at Home,” is set to air on TV and livestream this Saturday, April 18. Although many of the world’s wealthy and celebrities are being accused of inaction, Lady Gaga refuses to stand idle, and her special promises fun, happiness and love in a time when it is needed most. 

The show has been organized by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) with the intention of providing relief and support for healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 all around the world. So far, Gaga and Global Citizen have worked in a combined effort to raise $35 million for the WHO. The money raised is planned to go toward health supplies and research into vaccines and antivirals to combat the virus.  

Beyond serving this purpose, the broadcast is hoping to bring people together and inspire a sense of mutual comfort and support for those at home. Gaga has emphasized that this event is not a plea for donations from the public, who she acknowledges are facing financial hardships and stresses overwhelmingly. The main goal of the night is to allow the world a chance to relax and experience a moment of global camaraderie and strength. Lady Gaga and others involved also want to use this special to encourage staying in and other methods of taking care of oneself and others during this time. Global Citizen has included numerous health and safety tips on their website to further support this agenda. Global Citizen has also created an online pledge through which visitors of their webpage can “take action” in committing to stay at home as yet another inspiring way to remind all of us there are things we can do to help.

The broadcast is set to be hosted by late-night comedy favorites Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert. The night’s lineup has been curated by Gaga herself and will include performances and appearances by well-known artists and entertainers that will appeal to all ages and styles. Viewers at home can expect the likes of Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion and, of course, Lady Gaga, among others. The full list of entertainers can be found on Global Citizen’s website.

The broadcast will premiere live this Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. on MTV, NBC, CBS and ABC. There will also be a livestream of the night’s events available through platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, Prime Video, Twitter and Facebook. 

Thumbnail photo courtesy of @ladygaga.

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Isabella Draghi is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at isabella.draghi@uconn.edu.

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