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Elton John's coronavirus 'living room' show raises R143 million for U.S. charities

"Elton John is seen after performing "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again nominated for the award for best original song from "Rocketman" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Picture: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File

"Elton John is seen after performing "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again nominated for the award for best original song from "Rocketman" at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Picture: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File

Published Mar 31, 2020

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Los Angeles - A weekend benefit

broadcast featuring recording stars performing live music online

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from home raised nearly R143 million for two charities serving

first responders and Americans facing economic hardship amid the

coronavirus crisis, sponsors said on Monday.

The Sunday night show, hosted by Elton John from his

kitchen, featured Billie Eilish, the Backstreet Boys, Lizzo,

Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga and Tim McGraw - all

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appearing by way of smartphones, home cameras or online

platforms.

The Fox broadcast network carried the hour-long show, dubbed

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the "iHeart Living Room Concert for America," live without

commercial interruption, drawing 8.7 million television viewers,

Fox said.

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— The Pop Hub (@ThePopHub)

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— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer)

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— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman)

The songs were interspersed with short personal stories from

nurses, doctors, truckers, grocery staff, and other essential

workers as millions of Americans entered a second full week

subjected to stay-at-home orders designed to curb the spread of

coronavirus.

The concert, also broadcast on iHeart radio stations

nationwide, urged listeners to donate to two charities, Feeding

America and First Responders Children's Foundation.

As of Monday evening, the benefit special had raised nearly

R143 million for the two organizations, including R8.9 million donated

by household products giant Procter & Gamble and a matching sum

from Fox.

YouTube, which also made a donation in support of the cause,

will continue streaming the benefit show through Wednesday on

iHeart Radio's YouTube channel. 

Reuters

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