Celebrities Performed Virtually, During The iHeart Living Room Concert for America

Courtesy: iHeartRadio/FOX

Quarantine concerts have been a major source of entertainment for the past few weeks. Between Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, ColdPlay, John Legend and more, music has been there to guide us through these difficult times. 

Last night, FOX and iHeartRadio debuted a virtual concert series, called: The iHeart Living Room Concert for America.

The concert featured artists like: Demi Lovato, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Lizzo, and so many more talented musicians.

The concert series was also raising money to support two organizations: the 1st Responders Children Foundation, and the Feeding America Foundation. The 1st Responders Children Foundation serves to “provide financial support to both children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, as well as families enduring significant financial hardships, due to tragic circumstances.” 

The Feeding America Foundation helps anyone who is facing hunger, due to financial circumstances, or any other limiting factor. According to their website, “Every dollar raised from the COVID-19 response fund will be used to get food and funds to local food banks across the U.S.” They also stated that in 2019, more than 40 million people couldn’t afford the proper nutrition for their household, and they had to depend on food pantries for help.

Courtesy: Greg Gorman

Elton John hosted the show and started off by thanking all of the nurses, doctors, scientists and first responders that are working the frontlines to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Alicia Keys kicked off the concert, by dedicating her part of the show to all of the medical professionals and first responders. Keys played the piano and sang her song, “Underdog”. However, it came with some lyrical changes. Instead of singing “sons on the frontlines”, she changed it to “people on the frontlines”, and adjusted the song accordingly to the current global crisis.

The Backstreet Boys joined together through video chat, and absolutely knocked “I Want It That Way” out of the park. The fact that they could all put on such an incredible live performance without being together in the same room gave me the chills. And those live vocals? I’m speechless.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello absolutely killed it with the acoustic rendition of Cabello’s hit single, “My Oh My.” Between Mendes’ exquisite guitar skills, and Cabello’s in depth range of voice, the song made me feel like I was in the room with them, getting serenaded.

Billie Joe Armstrong followed that song with the Green Day hit, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” The Boulevard of Broken Dreams is one of those songs, where if you hear just the first note, you know exactly what song it is. The early 2000’s nostalgia was too real with this song, and Armstrong didn’t fail to give it his all. The song was just as beautiful now, as it was when it released in 2004.

Billie Eilish and her brother/talented songwriter, Finneas, also took part in the concert, and performed an acoustic version of “Bad Guy.” Finneas occasionally chimed in to sing the song. However, he was mostly focused on playing the guitar. It was incredible how effortlessly they both sang/played the song. I couldn’t even sing that effortlessly in my dreams, so I commend them for how talented they are.

Demi Lovato performed a very emotional piano version of her 2011 song, “Skyscraper”, and even nine years later, the song will have you feeling some type of way.

Even country icon, Tim McGraw, did a four way video call with his band and performed popular song, “Something Like That”.

A few other celebrities made cameos throughout the concert, to provide positive messages to people facing the consequences of this virus. 

Lady GaGa had a beautiful message for those struggling through social distancing. “I just wanted to check in to make sure that you’re finding time to be kind to yourself, and doing whatever you can to maintain your mental health”. GaGa continues, by admitting that “social distancing isn’t easy. But, try to chat with your friends remotely. Move your body, meditate when you can, and otherwise, find joy wherever you can.”

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. They asked that people stay indoors, stay safe, and donate if they can. It ended with Falcone hilariously wiping McCarthy’s face with a Clorox wipe to disinfect her.

One of the best parts of this, was that in between performances, the audience got to see what nurses, doctors, first responders, truck drivers, supermarket employees, etc, are going through on a daily basis. Seeing how hard they’re all working to help the general public is inspiring and very admirable. 

If you missed the live premiere on FOX, YouTube is streaming the full concert for the next 54 hours. If you missed a certain part that you wanted to see, don’t worry. It loops back around once the stream ends. 

To all of the first responders, doctors, nurses, and everyone fighting the frontlines during this incredibly stressful time, we thank you. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that your hard work is greatly appreciated.

If you’d like to donate to the Feeding America Foundation, you can go to: http://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action

If you’d like to donate to the 1st Responders Children Foundation, you can go to: https://1strcf.org

Published by Monica Ring

Screenwriter/Journalist with a passion for storytelling

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