WHO Is Organizing A COVID-19 Fundraiser With International Artists!

Publish On: 07 Apr, 2020 04:08 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

LOS ANGELES: Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas together with names like Billie Eilish and Paul McCartney have united for pop star Lady Gaga's One World: Together at home, a mega live-streamed and televised benefit in support of the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVID-19 solidarity response fund and in celebration of medical examiners round the world.

The lineup also includes names like Chris Martin of Coldplay, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Elton John, John Legend, Lizzo, J Balvin, Stevie Wonder, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Alanis Morissette, Burna Boy, Andrea Bocelli, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban and Lang Lang, reports theguardian.com.

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SRK and Priyanka are among several celebrities expected at the event, besides David Beckham, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Kerry Washington, and "Sesame Street" cast members.

Popular US chat show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will host the event, which broadcasts live across the US television networks ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as being streamed online on April 18.

BBC One will show an adapted version of the concert on April 19, including exclusive performances from UK artists and interviews with frontline physicians.

The details of the broadcast are yet to be announced.

The WHO and therefore the social action platform Global Citizen have partnered to sponsor the event.

The latter's Together at home series, launched last month, has featured performances from artists in isolation including Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Rufus Wainwright.

In a WHO news conference, Lady Gaga said she had helped raise $35m for Global Citizen during the past week.

She said that One World wasn't a fundraising telethon and would concentrate on entertainment and messages of solidarity, with philanthropists and businesses urged to donate to the COVID-19 solidarity response fund before the event.

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"We may need to be apart physically for a bit, but we will still connect together virtually to enjoy great music. The One World: Together at home concert represents a robust show of solidarity against a common threat," WHO's general director, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.