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This past weekend, musicians from across the globe came together to provide some much-needed entertainment, and raise funds for relief programs fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The One World: Together at Home concert series has been running for a while now, live streaming on YouTube, but this was the biggest event to date.
The live stream stretched over eight hours. If you managed to watch the entire thing, I salute your endurance and encourage you to walk around a bit. You probably need to get your circulation going again.
Over to The Independent:
…the concert included a six-hour pre-show available to stream online, before the two-hour main event airing both online and on television.
Among the many artists to perform were Taylor Swift, Sir Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Rolling Stones, Jennifer Lopez, Sam Smith, Sir Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, The Killers, Kacey Musgraves and Jennifer Hudson.
We picked out a few of our favourite performances (and one disappointing one), which you can take in below.
Taylor Swift – ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’
It’s a bit on the nose, but Taylor has always preferred a more direct approach.
Now that you’re sad, let’s lighten the mood with Gaga.
Lady Gaga – ‘Smile’
Gaga helped to organise the event. She decided to refrain from talking about how ‘we’re all in this together’ in favour of taking direct action.
The Rolling Stones – ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
This was, without a doubt, the highlight of the show. Jagger (and the rest of the Stones) might be old as dirt, be he’s still got it.
Which makes The Killers’ oddly tone-deaf performance of ‘Mr. Brightside’ even harder to stomach:
Find the key. Find it…
He didn’t find it.
South Africa was represented by Black Coffee, who introduced some chill into our living rooms.
Black Coffee – ‘Drive’
We were also represented by Sho Madjozi:
Oh, and Cassper Nyovest, too:
No highlights list would be complete without Billie Eilish.
Billie Eilish – ‘Sunny’
She nailed it.
Last, but certainly not least, Sir Elton John, introduced by the Beckhams.
Elton John – ‘I’m Still Standing’
It’s hard not to feel good after that.
You can catch more performances on the One World: Together YouTube Channel.
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