Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, the Rolling Stones, and More Appear in Marathon Together At Home Event

Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, the Rolling Stones, and More Appear in Marathon Together At Home Event
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It was the biggest worldwide production since Live Aid, but nobody had to put on pants. One World: Together At Home delighted (or, at the very least, distracted) viewers around the world for eight hours on Saturday. The first six hours of live-from-home music and celebrity salutations were streamed on YouTube, leading up to a two-hour broadcast on domestic networks major and minor (from CBS to Laff!) and channels all around the world.

Steven Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon co-anchored the event, proof that even the competitive edge of late night hosts must be put aside for the good of public health.

The programming was curated by Lady Gaga, working with the group Global Citizen. The One World event raised $127.9 million, with $55.1 million going to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and $72.8 million going to “local and regional responders” and groups like Education Cannot Wait, Direct Care, Feeding America, and United Way. Unlike a telethon, funds were not solicited from the viewers, who were encouraged to just relax and watch the show. The money came from corporate donors. When IBM’s amount was named, it afforded Kimmel a moment to say that his dad used to work there, but he never quite knew what he did.

The full list of performers who made video conferencing appearances is a bonanza of international boldfaced names, but there definitely were some highlights. Among them, Elton John, one of the few performers who appeared outside, which must mean someone had to drag a piano out back, unless he keeps a spare there. He sang “I’m Still Standing” next a few basketballs and what looks like the base of a portable net. Never doubt Elton John for being unpredictable!

Lady Gaga gave a shout-out to the world’s medical workers, then showed off some Criterion Collection cred with a rendition of “Smile,” a tune written by Charlie Chaplin for the 1936 film Modern Times.

Stevie Wonder sang a medley that began with the recently departed Bill Withers composition “Lean on Me” then went into his own “Love’s In Need of Love Today.” (That one appears on his 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life, and if you’ve never heard it in full, now’s the time.)

You can go nuts with Global Citizen’s YouTube page watching more videos (Lizzo!, Billie Eilish!, Taylor Swift!, Eddie Vedder!) if for no other reason than to peek at all the stars’ interior decorating choices. But one video stands out as a highlight.

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