The classic song, majorly popularised by Jimmy Durante and Nat King Cole did its bit to uplift the mood of the viewers as they got ready for a show that had a perfect mix of pop, rock and soul. Lady Gaga made a request to all viewers to put their wallets aside as the show wasn’t a fundraiser and didn’t ask for donations. The online concert was organised to express gratitude towards the frontline workers that she also termed as the ‘love letter to the world.’
While we loved all the performances of the evening, there were a few that stood out. We have short-listed a few of our favourite renditions that we’re sure you too would love to watch on loop.
Lady Gaga – ‘Smile’
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – ‘What a Wonderful World’
Lovebirds Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello also made sweet music together and gave fans a new track to obsess over. The ‘Senorita’ hitmakers sang a perfectly harmonised rendition of ‘What a Wonderful World’ from their living room with the hunk on the piano.
John Legend and Sam Smith – ‘Stand By Me’
John Legend and Sam Smith teamed up for a duet we didn’t know we ever needed until now! The grammy-award singers performed ‘Stand By Me’ with John on the piano in his US home while Smith harmonised from his London home.
Taylor Swift – ‘Soon You’ll Get Better’
Taylor Swift won millions of hearts with her performance of hope where she sang ‘Soon You’ll Be Better.’ The Grammy winner musician didn’t use words but the lyrics of her song and her music to do the talking while she expressed gratitude towards the frontline workers during the show. The singer was seen spreading a ray of hope as she sang, “Soon you’ll be better, cause you have to.”
Keith Urban – ‘Higher Love’
Keith Urban turned up the tempo with his solo performance of ‘Higher Love’. The singer turned into a one-man-band as he sang the hit track that ended with him extending a message of thanks to all COVID-19 workers. His actress wife, Nicole Kidman also made a surprise appearance at the end of the track to also say “Thank You” to the frontline workers.
The Rolling Stones – ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
Mick Jagger appeared ageless despite his 76 years as he delivered the classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, as his fellow Rolling Stones band members played from their respective homes, including a grinning Charlie Watts on the air drums.
Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang and John Legend – ‘The Prayer’
The show closed with a moving harmony of Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli and John Legend performing Dion and Bocelli’s 1999 hit duet ‘The Prayer’, as renowned concert pianist Lang Lang accompanied on the piano.