Lady Gaga and advocacy group Global Citizen teamed up to raise $35 million in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and will celebrate with a talent-filled TV special honoring health care workers.
"It's been a pleasure to partner with Global Citizen, and we have been working, all together, behind the scenes to raise money for the World Health Organization," the singer and actress said on Monday. She added that the funds would go to the WHO's COVID-Solidarity Response Fund, which were raised in part by hosting a call with dozens of "corporate leaders from some of the world's biggest and most generous companies."
She said calls are also being made to philanthropists around the world to continue the push for more funding to fight against the spread of the disease.
Gaga also noted that the money raised would aid in providing "essential PPE, supplies and testing kits around the world, and will help improve lab capacity to rapidly process tests...[and will assist in coordinating] research development."
The milestone, and the health care workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, will be celebrated with a telecast event, called One World: Together At Home, which will be streaming across multiple online platforms, as well as on various TV networks around the world, on April 18, starting at 8pm EST. In the United States, it will be shown simultaneously on CBS, NBC, and ABC.
The special will include appearances by Elton John, Lizzo, John Legend, Billie Eilish, Finneas O'Connell, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Billie Joe Armstrong, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Burna Boy, J Balvin, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Maluma, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, and Idris and Sabrina Elba. It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert.
Gaga also stressed that the event is not a fundraiser, urging people to "put your wallets away...sit back and enjoy the show you all deserve."
"The World Health Organization is committed to defeating the coronavirus pandemic with science and public health measures, and supporting the health workers who are on the frontlines of the response,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, in a statement.
“We may have to be apart physically for a while, but we can still come together virtually to enjoy great music. The One World: Together At Home concert represents a powerful show of solidarity against a common threat.”