Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish to headline benefit concert on TV amid coronavirus

Adrian Ovalle

Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish, and Tim McGraw will headline a benefit concert on Sunday, playing from their homes, to raise money to help combat the spread of the coronavirus, Fox tv stated on Wednesday.

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

The “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” will also include performances from Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, and Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong. All of the musicians will film themselves from homes.

The special is focused on paying tribute to health workers and those on the cutting edge of efforts to deal with the pandemic, which has overwhelmed healthcare facilities. It will also motivate viewers to donate to two charities: Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation.

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

Others have made private contributions to healthcare facilities and nonprofits as the coronavirus has spread out throughout the United States.

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

Fox stated the “IHeart Living Room Concert for America” will be broadcast on Sunday at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT (0100 GMT on Monday).

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