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Elton John is hosting a “living room” concert aimed at bolstering American spirits during the coronavirus crisis and saluting those on the front lines, iHeartMedia and FOX said Wednesday in a joint statement.
This June 21, 2019 photo shows Elton John at a ceremony honoring him with the Legion of Honor in Paris. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, Pool)
Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw and Billie Joe Armstrong are scheduled to take part in the event airing at 9-10 p.m. EDT Sunday, March 29 on FOX TV and on iHeartMedia radio stations.
The artists will be filmed with cell phones, cameras and audio equipment in their homes “to ensure the health and safety of all involved,” according to a statement. The event will take the time slot that was to belong to the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which became part of a wave of public-event postponements and cancellations because of the pandemic.
Besides performances, the commercial-free concert will honor health professionals, first responders and others who are “putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus,” the media companies said.
Viewers will be asked to support two of the charitable organizations aiding victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
The concert will be simulcast on FOX Business Network Sunday night as FOX offers the event across all of its linear and digital platforms to help bolster the reach of the "commercial-free special’s charitable component."
Last week, Fox Corporation announced it would provide everyone in America unlimited free access to Fox News Channel and FOX Television Stations during the coronavirus pandemic.
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