As the television portion of the concert began, Wonder was presented by CBS Last show host Stephen Colbert.
The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter began by saying, “During events like this, we have to build on each other. My friend, the late Bill Withers, has the perfect song about it and I want us to remember him tonight. “
Wonder then played the piano and sang the 1972 classic Withers “Lean on Me” before embarking on his own hit “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” from his 1976 album. Songs in the key to life.
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Wonders’ performance was remarkable in that he had recently had serious health problems. Last summer, he announced at a concert that he was going to have a kidney transplant at the end of the year.
“I’m going to have an operation. I’m going to have a kidney transplant in September this year, “he said at the time.
Representatives for Wonder did not immediately respond to Deadline’s request for comment, but it appeared in top form during the performance tonight.
The singer joined a long list of musical artists who participated throughout the day in the massive concert “Together at Home” produced by Global Citizen to support front-line health workers and the World Organization of health.
Organized by Lady Gaga, the concert included virtual performances by Gaga, The Rolling Stones, John Legend and Sam Smith, Burna Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Andrea Bocelli and many more other.
Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel were the hosts with their late evening host colleague Stephen Colbert. The special was broadcast during prime time in the United States on multiple networks, cable channels and streaming services at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.