Lady Gaga raises $ 35 million for the World Health Organization and announces a benefit concert on the “One World” coronavirus

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Lady Gaga announced an all-star benefit concert to raise funds for charities and healthcare professionals battling the coronavirus.

The Oscar-winning pop star also revealed that she and the Global Citizen charity have already raised $ 35 million (£ 28 million) for the World Health Organization.

The Gaga event, which she helped organize with Global Citizen, is called the One World: Together at Home concert, and will see stars perform from their homes. The funds raised by the event will support the COVID-19 Response Fund, funded by the United Nations Foundation, which will finance essential PPE, supplies and test kits worldwide.

The event will be webcast, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, on April 18. A highlights program will air on BBC One on April 19.

Artists participating in One World will include Gaga herself, as well as Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Elton John, John Legend, Chris Martin, Andrea Bocelli and Lizzo.

Maluma, Kacey Musgraves, Alanis Morissette, Billie Joe Armstrong, J Balvin, Burna Boy, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder and Keith Urban are also expected.

Non-musical figures will appear, including David Beckham, Kerry Washington and Idris Elba, who revealed last month that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

In a video announcing the event, Gaga thanked those on the front lines.

“We are all very grateful to all healthcare professionals across the country and around the world,” said Gaga. “What you are doing is putting yourself in danger to help the world, and we salute you all. “

She continued, “It was an honor to help with this huge broadcast event, where we have to tell stories and celebrate the front line community, healthcare workers and their kind acts.

“We celebrate and highlight the unique and kind world community that is being created right now. We want to celebrate and encourage the power of the human spirit. “

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