Network television late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon teamed up to host the “One World Together at Home” event that helped raise millions for the World Health Organization.
Global Citizen said $55.1 million will benefit the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the remaining $72.8 million will go toward local and regional responders.
ABC News reports the “One World: Together At Home” benefit concert raised more than $128 million to address the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The tall-star special event, a collaboration between the World Health Organization and Global Citizen, featured some of music’s biggest performers, including Taylor Swift, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stone and many others.
$127.9 million for COVID-19 relief.
That is the power and impact of One World: #TogetherAtHome.
To everyone around the world: Stay strong, stay safe, we will be together in person soon. pic.twitter.com/QudE6j7reF
— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 19, 2020
The historic broadcast, which aired on ABC and other television networks, was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, alongside friends from Sesame Street. The even was curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga.
The show included a surprise appearance from Beyonce, who thanked frontline workers and pointed out the disproportionate impact being felt in the U.S. among black Americans as a result of COVID-19.
“Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home,” she said. “And African American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis.”
African Americans account for more than one-third of COVID-19 deaths in the United States where the race of victims has been made public. Data from states, cities and counties show black people are regularly overrepresented compared to their share of the population.
Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush also joined in to share words of gratitude to medical professionals, first responders and many others on the frontlines.
“We’re thankful for our pharmacists, the veterinarians, the police officers, the sanitation workers, and those of you working in grocery stores, or delivering food and supplies to our homes,” Bush said. “You are the fabric of our country, and your strength will carry us through this crisis.”
“We will continue to be here for one another and we will get through this crisis together,” Obama added.