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A number of musicians are lending their talents to coronavirus relief efforts by live-streaming performances to keep fans stuck at home entertained and urging people to support the World Health Organization’s fund to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes will perform on Mendes’ Instagram Live at 3 p.m. PT, followed by Steve Aoki’s home performance on his Instagram Live at 4 p.m.
The live streams will continue on Saturday with performances from Rufus Wainwright, Lindsey Stirling and Juanes.
“Now it is more important than ever for humanity to come together and realize that we are all one. This is a worldwide issue. Luckily we are not at war with each other, but we are at war with a virus and therefore can rise above our differences and fight this together,” Wainwright said. “We are all in this together, and the ‘Together At Home’ provide resources and awareness for this fight — that is what I sing for.”
Wainwright’s performance will begin on his Instagram Live at 10 a.m., followed by Stirling’s on her personal Instagram account at 12 p.m. Juanes’ performance will start at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, Katie Couric will perform a piano concert on her Instagram Live at 11 a.m.; Evanescence will perform on their Instagram Live at 12 p.m.; Bastille will perform at 1 p.m.; Miguel will perform at 1:30 p.m.; and Alex Aiono will perform on his Instagram Live at 3 p.m.
Earlier Friday, Julianne Hough performed KINRGY, a movement experience inspired by the elements, on Instagram Live at 11 a.m. Hozier put on a show from his home at 12 p.m., followed by OneRepublic’s performance on their Instagram account at 1 p.m. And Celeste put on a show on her Instagram Live at 1:30 p.m.
Niall Horan and Common both put on live streams through Instagram Live on Thursday as part of the “Together at Home: WHO-Global Citizen Solidarity Sessions.”
Horan’s session began on his personal account at 1 p.m., followed by Common’s show at 2:30 p.m. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin kicked off the trend on Monday when he announced that he would perform some music for anyone wanting to tune in via an Instagram live stream.
“Hello everyone. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. If anyone feels like chatting and listening to some music, I’m going to do a live stream on the Coldplay Instagram,” tweeted Martin. The post included the hashtag #TogetherAtHome.
John Legend later praised Martin’s idea and followed suit by putting on a live-stream musical performance of his own.
Charlie Puth later got in on the action and performed for his fans through a live stream on Wednesday.
Global Citizen coordinated the concert live streams in an effort to unite people to fight the coronavirus at a time when many may feel isolated at home.
The organization launched an urgent campaign in support of WHO’s new Solidarity Response Fund. WHO estimates it needs $675 million through April for coronavirus preparedness and response efforts. Through the campaign, people can take action and call on world leaders to support this fund.
Artists performing are asking people tuning in to join the campaign. Legend previously announced that Miguel, Jhené Aiko, Mendes and Cabello are set to perform on upcoming live streams.
March 20, 10:02 a.m. Updated with more performances.
March 20, 2:25 p.m. Updated with more performances.
March 22, 7:55 a.m. Updated with more performances.
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