Why Global Citizens Should Care 
Frontline health workers are instrumental in the global COVID-19 coronavirus response, putting their own health on the line to protect and care for others. The One World: Together At Home global special will celebrate and support these incredible people, and unite the world in support of the global COVID-19 response. Join the movement by taking action through the Together At Home campaign to combat COVID-19 here

This weekend, the One World: Together At Home campaign and broadcast event will travel around the world without taking a single step outside.

Our global broadcast to celebrate and support frontline health workers and the World Health Organization in the effort against COVID-19 will beam some of the world’s biggest artists across Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and Australasia — via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and lots more from 7 p.m. on April 18 to 3 a.m. on April 19 BST.

But there will also be a unique chance for viewers in the UK to tune in — with a special highlights show on BBC One from 7.15-9.15 p.m. BST on Sunday, April 19, featuring performances that won’t be seen anywhere else.

The BBC One special will be presented by Clara Amfo, Claudia Winkleman, and Dermot O’Leary, airing coverage from the previous day’s global 5-hour digital livestream and 2-hour broadcast in addition to interviews with — and surprises for — frontline health workers tackling COVID-19 within the National Health Service (NHS).

It will feature performances from the global broadcast including Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Michael BubléPaul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, the Rolling Stones, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, and Taylor Swift.

There will also be an additional appearance from Ellie Goulding, plus unique contributions from Together At Home stalwart Skip Marley, Kingdom Choir, and five more legendary artists you won’t want to miss — all listed below!

Ahead of the show, we’ll be calling on individuals, corporates, and philanthropists to join and support COVID-19 response initiatives. Changemakers, investors, and foundation leaders are being urged to support global health efforts by investing in building stronger health systems and funding vaccine development.

But the broadcast itself is not a telethon, and we’re not asking for donations. So put your wallets away and just sit back to enjoy the show. If you’d like to back the campaign, head to our campaign page to throw your support behind the incredible response efforts going on around the world. 

“Music holds the power to be uniquely restorative and unifying and I'm so looking forward to seeing that in full effect with One World: Together At Home,” said BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo. “Do make sure you tune in this Sunday at 7.15 p.m. on BBC One as Claudia, Dermot, and I present you with special performances for our extra special healthcare workers from all over the world."

“It will be a fitting tribute to those who are giving and sacrificing so much for our society,” added X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, while TV presenter Claudia Winkleman said she “can’t wait to be a part of this unique dedication to those on the front line of the global fight against COVID-19.”

Here are all the artists you can only catch on the BBC One special. Viewers in the UK can also tune in to the global digital livestream on April 18, from 7 p.m. BST. Find out more about how to tune in wherever you are here.

1. Little Mix

Our favourite feminist pop stars also happen to be arguably the world’s biggest girl band.

Since winning X-Factor in 2011, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall have sold over 50 million records globally. But they’ve also used their fame to put gender equality issues in the spotlight.

In 2018, we covered how their music video for "Woman Like Me" refused to conform to male standards of femininity — and later reported on how they joined forces with Ariana Grande in a tussle with Piers Morgan over how women express their sexuality. 

But they’ve also called out sexism in the music industry in interviews, taken aim at misogyny in awards speeches, featured inspirational women in their music videos — like the founder of breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! who Edwards has personally supported too — while Nelson has spoken out on mental health issues in a BBC documentary called Odd One Out.

“There’s a weird stigma attached to admitting you’re a feminist and saying you’re a feminist,” said Thirlwall in a Nov. 2018 interview with Billboard. “We never understood why, so we just put it in the song: 'Are you a feminist? Hell yeah!' There’s nothing wrong with that.”

2. Sir Tom Jones 

The Welsh legend — who since touring local pubs and clubs in south Wales in the 1960s has become one of the most famous Welshmen ever — has frequently used his platform for the betterment of people.

But where do you even start in a career that’s spanned 60 years? He joined other stars like Eric Clapton in a fundraising gig at the O2 in London supporting the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on March 3; he’s supported Children In Need with a show at Wembley alongside fellow countryman Rob Brydon; and he joined the lineup for Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert to help people with speech and physical impairments 

There were even mini-LEGO replicas of him made to sell on St. David’s Day to raise money for Welsh charities.

3. Rag‘n’Bone Man

The BRIT Awards winner is renowned for the bellowing power of his voice — both within music and outside it too.

Rory Charles Graham, known as Rag‘n’Bone Man, entertained people alongside Jake Bugg during the World’s Big Sleep Out in Trafalgar Square last November to support the Homeless Fund — and has been a patron for Brighton-based social change charity AudioActive since 2018 to support young grassroots talent in Sussex. 

He has made a series of documentaries with the charity too, emphasising the positive impact it has had on young people’s mental health and helping them prepare for their future.

He also used to work as a carer — looking after people with Asperger syndrome and Down's syndrome — and donated merchandise and his own cat-shaped wedding cake to an organisation that helps people with alcohol and drug addiction.

“He’s crazy generous to everybody he knows — always has been — and he really supports charities,” said his childhood friend Kate Roberts.

4. George the Poet

Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married, George Mpanga from Neasden, London — better known as George the Poet — read a love poem to open the BBC coverage.

“There’s an indescribable beauty in union,” the award-winning artist and podcast host said. With millions set to come together to watch One World: Together At Home this weekend, his words still carry immense weight.

Mpanga’s art is all connected to social justice. His work touches on issues that affect his local community, he runs poetry workshops for prisoners and underprivileged children, has made several appearances on Question Time, and is an ambassador for Sentebale — a charity founded by Prince Harry to protect children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

His incredible activism was recognised with an MBE — but he revealed in 2019 that he felt unable to accept the prize.

"I see myself as a student, admirer, and friend of Britain,” he said in the final episode of Have You Heard George's Podcast? “However the colonial trauma inflicted on the children of Africa, entrenched across our geo-political and macro-economic realities, prevents me from accepting the title Member of the British Empire."

5. Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne — professional hitmaker and the voice of Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”will also be making an exclusive appearance on the BBC One special alongside Ellie Goulding.

And like Goulding, who has worked with Global Citizen on numerous occasions over the last few years, Glynne has also used her position in pop for the greater good.

When Glynne performed her track “Thursday” at the BRIT Awards last year, she slowly removed all her makeup alongside dozens of other women to make a statement on the importance of self-love and rejecting standards of beauty. “Who I am is enough,” she sang in Feb. 2019.

Moreover, her track “Take Me Home” was the official song for Children In Need in 2015; she’s put on individual shows to raise money for animal welfare charities; taken part in a cancer awareness campaign in Indonesia; and she joined the Kaiser Chiefs in an intimate gig series to support Nordoff Robbins, the largest UK music therapy charity.

Don’t forget to tune into the One World: Together At Home global livestream via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and more from 7 p.m. on April 18 to 3 a.m. on April 19 BST. You can find out all the ways you can watch the show here.

And then watch the BBC One special with exlusive performances and interviews from 7.15-9.15 p.m. BST on April 19.

You can join the global efforts to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19 by taking action through our Together At Home campaign

And you can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here.

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