Carey, Eilish to perform from home for benefit concert

Mariah Carey (far left) and Billie Eilish (left) will headline a benefit concert on Sunday.
Mariah Carey (left) and Billie Eilish (right) will headline a benefit concert on Sunday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

LOS ANGELES • American singers Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert on Sunday, playing from their homes, to raise money to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, Fox television said on Wednesday.

The one-hour special, to be hosted by English singer-songwriter Elton John and broadcast on Fox and iHeart radio stations, is the first major nationwide event in the United States to harness celebrity power to help those affected by the disease.

The iHeart Living Room Concert For America will also feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

All of the musicians will film themselves from their homes using their cellphones or other equipment.

The special is aimed at paying tribute to healthcare workers and those on the front lines of efforts to cope with the pandemic, which has overwhelmed hospitals.

It will also encourage viewers to donate to two charities: Feeding America and the First Responders Children's Foundation.

Musicians have been quick to move online as US states have issued shutdown and stay-at-home orders, with free performances filmed at home and streamed on social media platforms from the likes of John Legend and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Others have made individual contributions to hospitals and non-profit organisations as the coronavirus spreads across the US.

They include folk singer James Taylor, who this week made a US$1 million (S$1.4 million) donation to Massachusetts General Hospital, and Rihanna, whose foundation gave US$5 million to charities to supply food and protective equipment to healthcare workers.

REUTERS

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