Yesterday, Lady Gaga and Global Citizen hosted One World Together At Home, a spectacular online concert extravaganza to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic.
From Billie Eillish to Taylor Swift to even BEYONCÉ?!, it was a true AAA lineup that’d put any zoom club night to shame. That being said, it’s over eight hours long and that can a little bit daunting to watch.
So, we’ve rounded up the five very best moments from the show, just for you, humble, blessed and beautiful reader.
Lady Gaga’s beautiful opening rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile”
Gaga, who organised the mass livestream event, opened the show with a beautifully angelic rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.” Surrounded by warm cream candles and furniture and accented piano playing, it all felt quite special.
“I care so much about all of the medical workers that are putting their lives at risk for us right now,” she said moments before performing. “I think of them everyday. I pray for them everyday. And I’m thinking of all you at home who are wondering when this is all going to be different.”
“What I’d like to do tonight, if I can, is just give you the permission to, for a moment, smile~.”
Yeehaw Queen Kacey Musgraves reminding us there’s a rainbow at the end of all this mess
Perhaps the scariest thing about this crisis is we don’t know when it’ll end. While, as of writing, NSW has reported its lowest cases overnight, an estimated six new cases from 3500 tests (yay team!), we can’t safely say other countries in Europe have been met with similar results.
But, Kacey Musgraves’s performance of her song “Rainbow,” reminds us that at the end of this scary, long and unknown tunnel of self-isolation is a beautiful rainbow. Or perhaps, it’s always been there, we just need to look for and hold onto it.
Featuring a montage of photos of rainbow drawings by children from around the world, the performance was incredibly moving and inspiring.
As Musgraves sings, “there’s always been a rainbow hanging over head,” we just need to see it and remember it during all this.
Lizzo looking and sounding like a goddess of soul and beauty
Unsurprisingly, Lizzo shook me with a beautiful and soulful cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” It’s a song about hope during the Black Civil Rights movement in the U.S. in the 1960s, but its words speak just as true now.
It’s been real hard
Every step of the way
But I believe, I believe
This evenin’ my change is come
The soulful organs in the back? Check. Lizzo’s out of this world beautiful vocals belting the house down reminding me of her Tiny Desk performance? Check. A wanted poster for my missing wig? Check.
Srsly, I am speechless. This is beautiful.
“Thank you to everyone working hard to keep us safe,” she said at the end of her performance. “Thank you everyone for staying at home and keeping themselves safe.”
“I love you. We got this. We’ll get through this together.”
SuperM’s cute montage performance of the various new activities we’re doing in self-isolation
For many of us, this period of self-isolation and social distancing can be incredibly taxing on our mental health because we can’t spend time with our friends and family the way we need to. It’s led many of us to try new things and learn new skills. Personally, I’m hoping to come out of this as an honorary-Bon Appétit-chef-meets-acoustic-guitarist.
For the seven members of K-Pop band SuperM, they’re surviving by working out, cleaning, cooking, polishing their signed goodies, drawing and building miniature cruise ships. As can be seen in this utterly adorable montage performance.
BEYONCÉ’S HEART WRENCHING MESSAGE ABOUT THE FORGOTTEN VICTIMS AND HEROES OF COVID-19
While pop icon and queen of black excellence Beyoncé Knowles-Carter didn’t end up performing, she took her short moment in the eight hour long livestream to share a poignantly moving message about the real victims and heroes of Covid-19 in America: people of colour.
As she said, healthcare workers and people in food service industries are most at risk. And, “Black Americans disproportionately belong to this part of the workforce and do not have the luxury of working from home.”
“This virus is killing black people at an alarmingly high rate here in America,” She said. “A recent report from my home city of Houston, Texas, showed that of covid-19 related deaths in Houston, 57 percent of fatal cases are African American.
“Please protect yourselves, we are one family and we need you. We need your voices. We need you. We need your abilities and your strength all over this world.”
And, if you want to watch the full stream, which also features Jimmy Fallon, Billie Eillish and more, here’s a link to it below.