Global Citizen and Lady Gaga Partner to Present “One World: Together At Home”

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Kayla Mutchler, Staff Writer

$127 million raised to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, a star-studded day of performances, and an eight-hour live streamed TV special— “One World: Together At Home” was a historic event.

“Together At Home” was held on Apr. 18 and broadcast on 60 networks across 175 countries, including three of the U.S.’s biggest cable networks—ABC, CBS, and NBC. It was live-streamed on various platforms such as Amazon Prime, Twitter, Instagram, and more. The pre-show began at 2 p.m., and the event began at 8 p.m.

“Together At Home” was a benefit concert that sought to raise money prior to the event for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the WHO. Global Citizen, a company whose goal is to end extreme poverty by 2030, teamed up with Lady Gaga to create the event.

The broadcast lasted two hours and included musical performances, news briefs, jokes, and special guests. The event was hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert.

The hosts began the program and introduced the first performer, being Lady Gaga, who sang her rendition of “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin.

The concert featured a plethora of multigenerational icons, some including Elton John, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and the Rolling Stones. The pre-show featured Matthew McConaughey, Niall Horan, Kesha, Liam Payne, and more.

The broadcast ended with a special performance of “The Prayer” featuring pianist Andrea Bocelli, Céline Dion, John Legend, Lady Gaga, and pianist Lang Lang.

On Apr. 6, Gaga announced via social media that she had been working with Global Citizen over several weeks to raise money and announced: “Together At Home.” She said that she personally called over 68 corporate leaders asking for donations. By the time she announced, she and Global Citizen had raised $35 million; by the conclusion of the event, they had raised $127 million.

“Together At Home” drew 20.4 million U.S. viewers, being the biggest audience for a Saturday-night program this season, excluding NFL playoffs.

Creating the event was not an easy task. It was only created and broadcast in the span of two weeks. Global Citizen’s founder and CEO said to Rolling Stone, “If you asked me three weeks ago, whether we could pull off an event that was going to be broadcast on 60 global broadcast networks in 175 countries and across all the major digital platforms, I would have laughed and said there’s not a chance.”

Lady Gaga said in her announcement, “This broadcast is not a fundraiser. We will raise the money before we go on air, so when we do go live, put your wallets away and sit back and enjoy the show that you all very much deserve.”

Lady Gaga also said that the money raised allows the WHO to research and understand the spread of the coronavirus and give essential workers and patients the care and supplies they need.

The event can be watched via YouTube and other streaming platforms. People who wish to donate can visit covid19responsefund.org.