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Lady Gaga announces all-star virtual concert to benefit health workers

Superstar Lady Gaga this week announced that a massive televised concert will raise funds for healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a call with the World Health Organization, the queer icon said that proceeds from the virtual event will go to supplying personal protective equipment to front-line workers, CNBC has reported.

The ‘One World: Together at Home’ benefit show will feature a stellar lineup of dozens of artists, including Elton John, former Beatle Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Stevie Wonder, Alanis Morissette, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, and more.

“We are all so very grateful to all of the healthcare professionals across the country and the world who are on the front lines during COVID-19,” said Lady Gaga.

“What you are doing is putting yourselves in harm’s way to help the world and we all salute you.”

Talk show favourites Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert will host the mega concert.

The event will be broadcast next Saturday 18 April on North American television networks, and the following day on BBC One in the UK.

It will also play live on various social media and streaming services.

The global music event has already raised $35 million for its cause.

“As we honour and support the heroic efforts of community health workers, ‘One World: Together at Home’ aims to serve as a source of unity and encouragement in the global fight to end COVID-19,” said Australian humanitarian Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, which is co-curating the concert.

“Through music, entertainment, and impact, the global live-cast will celebrate those who risk their own health to safeguard everyone else’s.

“I hope that we, as a shared humanity, emerge from this moment forever grateful for the work of doctors, nurses, teachers, grocery store workers, and all of those who are the backbone of our communities.”

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