Elton John and friends like Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Alicia Keys successfully put on a concert from their homes while raising much-needed funding for the coronavirus battle. All of the artists performed from their homes and via cell phones, cameras, and/or audio equipment.
The show featured artists performing, from their homes. Alicia Keys kicked it off with a scaled-down version of her new track, "Underdog." The Backstreet Boys followed by beaming in from their own homes with "I Want It That Way." All five of them were singing individually and the harmony was seamless. Other performers included David Grohl singing "My Hero," naturally and H.E.R.
In between and during the performances, the concert featured first responders, nurses, doctors, paramedics, and truck drivers who talked about battling the pandemic, and the importance of staying at home.
Others who joined in on the concert was Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Tim McGraw, Camila Cabello, Ciara and her NFL quarterback husband Russell Wilson, and Shawn Mendes.
The show's intent was raising money for Feeding America as well as First Responders Children's Foundation. No word yet on how much was raised, but it was definitely the best sounding telethon in quite some time.
The amount raised was not immediately revealed, but household goods giant Procter & Gamble gave $500,000, which was matched by Fox.
The event filled the gap in the schedule that was left when the iHeart Radio Music Awards were cancelled.