Global Broadcast and Digital Event Achieves Record Titles for Impressive Number of Musical Acts and Funds Raised to Aid COVID-19 Relief Efforts
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New York, NY – May 27, 2020 – GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, the global authority on record-breaking achievement announces the global broadcast and digital special, One World: Together at Home, co-hosted by the World Health Organization and Global Citizen with curation from Lady Gaga on April 18, 2020, 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, 72 artists performed or spoke from across the globe including record-holders such as Elton John, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and 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, Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, explained their sentiments on their record-setting efforts.
Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said “Global Citizens are forever grateful to frontline community health workers all around the world, as they continue to risk their own health to safeguard everyone else’s. We thank Guinness World Records for celebrating the mission and vision of ‘One World: Together At Home,' which called on individuals to take action, and asked world leaders, philanthropists, and corporations to step up in response to the global fight to end COVID-19. The impact from the $127.9 million that was raised is already supporting solutions that will help save lives and we’re committed to continuing the vital work that must be done to stop future pandemics before they start.”
“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 solidary to help people overcome COVID-19.”
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