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Lady Gaga announces all-star concert, raises $35mn for coronavirus relief

Lady Gaga and advocacy organisation Global Citizen have raised 35 million dollars to fight the coronavirus and will launch a TV special to combat the pandemic.
Gaga said that the money was raised in seven days and will benefit The World Health Organization. The pop star also announced One World: Together At Home, a televised event featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish aimed at fighting the coronavirus that will air on April 18.
“I would like to reiterate our deep gratitude to the medical community. My heart is very achy and warm for those who are ER doctors as well as nurses who are sleeping in cars to make sure they don’t infect their families or their patients. What you are doing is putting yourself in harm’s way to help the world and we all salute you,” Lady Gaga said during a news conference on Monday.
“What’s very important is three things happening for all of us. That we celebrate and we highlight the singular kind global community that is arising right now. Two, we want to highlight the gravity of this historical, unprecedented cultural movement. And three, we want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit,” she said.

The multi-hour TV special, which will also stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more platforms, and will include appearances by Elton John, David Beckham, John Legend, Eddie Vedder, Kerry Washington, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Lizzo, J Balvin, Andrea Bocelli and Maluma. Idris Elba and his wife, who both tested positive for coronavirus, will also take part in the special.
Lady Gaga said the money raised will help buy much-needed protective gear for health workers, improve lab capacities and further research and development into possible drugs and vaccines to treat the new coronavirus. The singer said she plans to raise more money and explained that the TV special is not a fundraiser: “Put your wallets away … and sit back and enjoy the show you all deserve.”
Late-show hosts and comedians Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel will host One World: Together At Home, which will also highlight those affected by the virus and celebrate health care workers on the front lines. Others participating include Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, Lang Lang, Kacey Musgraves, Alanis Morissette, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, Keith Urban, Burna Boy and Eilish’s producer-brother Finneas.

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