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‘One World: Together At Home’ is what your heart needs right now

By: Pam Pastor

Thank you, Lady Gaga. Thank you, World Health Organization. Thank you, Global Citizen. WHO and Global Citizen organized the virtual concert and the star curated “One World: Together At Home” and it’s two hours of music and solidarity that our hearts really, really need. (There’s a six-hour pre-show too if you want more.)

Hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert from their own homes, the show was seen on major television networks in the United States and online on multiple platforms for the rest of us.

Lady Gaga kicked off “One World: Together At Home” with a performance of “Smile” and returned for the finale with John Legend, Lang Lang, Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli—a moving rendition of “The Prayer.”

The Rolling Stones

There were performances by Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Kacey Musgraves, Elton John, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Eddie Vedder, The Killers, Jennifer Hudson, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, The Rolling Stones, Chris Martin, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift and more.

‘Sunny’

Billie Eilish and brother Finneas covered Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” and we’re obsessed with it. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong sang “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” a performance that brought Lady Gaga to tears.

In between songs, there were stories of front-liners and beautiful souls responding to the pandemic with kindness and generosity. Health workers and essential workers were honored and celebrated. There were appearances from Kerry Washington, Idris and Sabrina Elba who tested positive for the coronavirus, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, David and Victoria Beckham, Usher, Michelle Obama, Henry Golding, Beyonce, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, Oprah Winfrey and so many others. There were messages of hope, support and gratitude.

Stephen Colbert asked critical care surgeon Dr. Sanam Ahmed what’s the one thing she wants people to know about the work that health care professionals are doing right now. “I want people to know that if you can’t hold your mom’s hand, I’m there to hold her hand. The nurses and the doctors, we’re all there to tell your mom, your dad, your loved one that you love them and we’re there for them,” said the doctor who’s been on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

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