Last month, the world united from their very homes to share in the virtual musical experience of One World: Together at Home, a global broadcast and digital special co-hosted by the World Health Organization and Global Citizen with curation from Lady Gaga.
During that time chart-topping artists ranging from Alicia Keys to Taylor Swift performed a remote concert to bring joy and a sense of community to everyone during the worldwide pandemic – but as of today we are pleased to confirm that it also broke two official Guinness World Records titles.
⭕️We’re LIVE! Tune in to One World: #TogetherAtHome for performances from some of the world’s biggest artists, stories from frontline workers, and insights from health experts. It's all in support of the @WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Watch now: https://t.co/Yu68OWPvHG— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) April 18, 2020
The show made history by setting the record titles for most musical acts to perform at a remote music festival and most money raised for charity by a remote music festival.
During the eight hour event to honor, inspire, and support frontline healthcare workers and bring families together, a grand total of 72 artists performed or spoke from across the globe including record-holders such as Elton John, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Sam Smith.
Additional appearances from other artists, philanthropists, and dignitaries, included Lang Lang, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, David & Victoria Beckham, Maluma, Oprah Winfrey to WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Former United States First Ladies, Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Michelle Obama, and United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres.
Their efforts resulted in $127,900,000 USD in commitments from corporate partners and philanthropists to support efforts by the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation, as well as regional foundations.
Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, said: "The One World: Together at Home special was an extraordinary response to an extraordinary situation. It demonstrates vividly how the power of music can unite us all and help us through challenging times. It's an honor to be able to officially recognize this unforgettable, 'I-Was-There' event as a record-breaker. Congratulations - and thank you - to everyone involved.”
Upon receiving the Guinness World Records framed title certificates in New York and Geneva respectively, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization explained their sentiments on their record-setting efforts.
“WHO is very proud to be recognized in setting Guinness World Records titles for our historic collaboration with Global Citizen for the One World: Together at Home concert,” added Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
“But what these record titles signify is the commitment by many international artists, including Lady Gaga, philanthropists, corporations and humanitarians to come together in a global show of solidarity to help people overcome COVID-19.”