There are so many things that one could never have predicted when all this started, but, as an entertainment writer, I have to say that the sheer amount of time spent watching celebrities sing to me in grainy videos self-shot from their homes ranks high on the list.
They’ve become almost nightly visitors to my living room, a surprise in the midst of the pandemic. They were back again on Saturday. Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Kacey Musgraves, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Amy Poehler… It was a full-house of A-listers—some singing, some delivering PSAs, some doing interviews, and all uniting under one message: Coronavirus? It really sucks! But humans? Together, we’re gonna get through it.
The scale of One World: Together at Home, the two-hour broadcast Saturday night that virtually gathered the celebrities from across their quarantines, is monumental.
Reflecting the new reality of our content-viewing habits, it not only was broadcast on major TV channels in the U.S.—ABC, CBS, The CW, NBC, MSNBC, National Geographic, Univision—but on networks across the world, while also simulcast in digital streams on platforms like Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.
Lady Gaga – “Smile”
Stevie Wonder – “Lean on Me” / “Love’s in Need of Love Today”
Paul McCartney – “Lady Madonna”
Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow”
Elton John – “I’m Still Standing”
Jimmy Fallon & The Roots – “Safety Dance”
Maluma – “Carnaval”
Chris Martin of Coldplay– “Yellow” from his earlier live stream
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – “What a Wonderful World”
Eddie Vedder – “River Cross”
Lizzo – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
The Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (Last known performance by drummer, the late Charlie Watts)
Keith Urban – “Higher Love”
Burna Boy – “African Giant” / “Hallelujah”
Jennifer Lopez – “People”
John Legend and Sam Smith – “Stand By Me”
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day – “Wake Me Up When September Ends”
Billie Eilish – “Sunny”
Taylor Swift – “Soon You’ll Get Better”
Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Lang Lang – “The Prayer”
Total Running Time 1 Hour 51 Minutes