10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Elton John Hosting Home Concert Special For Fox, iHeartMedia
In lieu of the annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, postponed like everything else on account of the coronavirus pandemic, Fox is teaming with iHeartRadio for a more timely initiative — a social-distancing-appropriate benefit concert to raise money for Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
Elton John is set to host the one-hour event, which will air commercial-free, and performers lined up include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw — with more set to join from their respective homes, filming on personal equipment. The concert will air Sunday, the same night the awards were set to be held, at 9 p.m. ET.
This is the latest in a growing number of self-filmed specials and benefits to raise awareness and funds in light of the spread of the coronavirus virus. Telemundo and Rosie O’Donnell hosted specials over last weekend, and James Corden and CBS have set a primetime special to be hosted from the Late Late Show host’s Los Angeles garage.
In addition to airing on Fox, the concert event will stream on Fox’s digital platforms.
John Sykes and Tom Poleman are executive producing for iHeartMedia, alongside Tenth Planet Productions’ Joel Gallen, who produced the multi-network telethons following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake.