The One World: Together At Home special broadcast event united some of the biggest stars in music including Burnaboy, Gaga, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift on Saturday night in support and celebration of essential workers and the World Health Organization (WHO). It provided a collective moment for the world to join together in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The event’s musical moments spanned genres and traveled through eras, but all of the performances were connected by an uplifting tone and a spirit of resilience.
Here are some of the top musical moments to watch (and rewatch!) from the television broadcast of One World: Together At Home, and a recap of what you might have missed from the six-hour globally-curated digital event, too.
One World: Together At Home was curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, so it was fitting that she opened the evening with a beautiful cover of Frank Sinatra’s “Smile.”
“What I’d like to do for you tonight, if I can, is just give you the permission to, for a moment… Smile,” she said, acknowledging that the pandemic has been extremely hard on millions of people worldwide.
Powerful piano ballads reigned throughout the evening, including Stevie Wonder’s cover of “Lean On Me” by the late Bill Withers.
Country star Kacey Musgraves’s “Rainbow” performance acted as a sweet and simple song of encouragement.
Elton John launched into a dynamic performance of “I’m Still Standing” in his home driveway.
“This is for everyone out there who’s been working on the frontline 24/7,” he said. “Thank you for all your expertise, your love, your care, your humanity.”
Paul McCartney, meanwhile, sang “Lady Madonna” as a heartfelt thank you to health care workers.
“I’m very honored to be part of this program tonight that celebrates the true heroes — our health care workers all around the world,” he said. “Let’s tell our leaders that we need them to strengthen health care systems around the world so this never happens again.”
Taylor Swift sang “Soon You’ll Get Better” in a truly heart-wrenching performance of a song about her mom’s battle with cancer that likely resonates with all the people affected by coronavirus worldwide who have seen family members suffering with the virus or have grappled with the illness themselves.
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes performed a piano duet of “What a Wonderful World” in a candle-lit room.
Eddie Vedder sang a mournful “River Cross” surrounded by candles.
Jimmy Fallon and The Roots
Jimmy Fallon, who helped host the broadcast, teamed up with his show’s house band, The Roots, to perform “The Safety Dance,” as videos of health care workers in masks and gloves dancing played along. The Roots were also decked out in safety gear like gloves and goggles — and they made sure to wash their hands.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones performed on a split-screen performance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” from their respective homes, as drummer Charlie Watts played air drums with a makeshift set of boxes, chairs, and tables.
John Legend and Sam Smith
John Legend teamed up with Sam Smith for a split-screen cover of “Stand By Me,” which was absolutely beautiful.
Lizzo covered “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Soul legend Sam Cooke.
“We got this, we’ll get through this together,” she said.
Jennifer Lopez covered Barbara Streisand’s “People” while sitting near a tree wrapped in white lights.
“You know there’s one thing that I realized more than anything during this whole time and it’s how much we all need each other,” she said.
Country star Keith Urban performed “Higher Love” with multiple versions of himself very cleverly edited into the video to create harmonies, in what looked like a decked-out home studio. One of the Keith Urbans even went off on a guitar solo.
He followed the performance by saying: “To all of the health care workers, everybody on the frontlines and behind the scenes, on behalf of [my wife Nicole Kidman], our girls, myself, all of us here. We say thank you.”
Reggaeton star Maluma performed an acoustic version of the party hit “Carnaval.”
Afrofusion hitmaker Burna Boy sang “African Giant” and “Hallelujah.”
Pop phenomenon Billie Eilish sang “Sunny” in front of a sunny backdrop, as her brother Finneas played the piano at her side.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong sang an acoustic version of the Green Day song “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” channeling the global mood of people hunkering down during the pandemic. Images of empty streets played across the screen to highlight how desolate many cities have become since social distancing took effect to flatten the curve.
Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, and John Legend
The event culminated in a riveting performance of “The Prayer” by Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, and John Legend, with piano accompaniment by Lang Lang. The artists all performed from their respective homes, adhering to social distancing guidelines established by medical professionals.
The origins of One World: Together At Home are in the “Together At Home” digital concert series — which first kicked off on March 16, with a heartwarming home performance by Chris Martin. This led to daily streamed performances from dozens of other artists and influencers.
In that tradition, the special TV broadcast was preceded by a mammoth six-hour digital event, filled with performances from artists all over the world, as well as inspirational news stories, calls to action, and more.
R&B star Andra Day opened the digital program with a deeply moving performance of “Rise Up” as her falsetto reached stunning heights.
“Though we’re in the midst of such a terrible tragedy … we can develop a deeper sense of community,” she said.