Elton John to host star-studded benefit concert for coronavirus relief

Carla Harmon
March 26, 2020

Elton John will host an all-star benefit special aimed at providing some relief and entertainment for Americans locked down in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Oscar victor Elton John is partnering with Fox and iHeartMedia to host Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America, an hourlong special looking to help put a dent in the global coronavirus relief effort, according to Deadline.

Broadcasting from his garage, the British host will link up with BTS in South Korea, Dua Lipa in London, Andrea Bocelli in Italy, and Eilish, her brother Finneas O'Connell and John Legend in Los Angeles.

Corden's talk show has been off air since mid-March because of the spread of the disease.

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

The replacement will be used to thank and celebrate the health workers and others on the front line of efforts to cope with the pandemic.

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 from the likes of John Legend and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Backstreet Boys, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, and Tim McGraw will also be a part of the big event, which will feature all the musicians performing from the comfort of their own homes, using video and audio equipment.

It will air on Fox in the original slot for the canceled 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards - March 29 from 9-10 p.m. EST - and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as on the IHeartRadio app.

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