Some of the world's top stars have helped to raise nearly €118 million for the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic by performing in a concert broadcast globally.

Niall Horan, Hozier and Picture This were among a star-studded list of artists who headlined the special broadcast of music, comedy and personal stories celebrating those around the world on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday morning CET, Global Citizen announced that $127.9 million (€117.6 million) had been raised for COVID-19 relief.

The two-hour One World: Together at Home event, broadcast across multiple television channels in the United States and overseas, featured a who's who of pop culture in the biggest celebrity gathering so far to mark the effects of the virus.

Over 100 artists performed songs from their homes in the virtual benefit concert organised by the Global Citizen movement of the WHO and curated by Lady Gaga.

One World: Together at Home will air across RTÉ2, RTÉ Player and RTÉ 2FM on Sunday 19 April from 7pm

Contributions, all filmed in their homes, also came from Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, David Beckham, former U.S. first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, Andrea Bocelli, Bill Gates and dozens of other well-known faces.

Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli combined forces to sing their 1999 hit The Prayer

The event, led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the nonprofit group Global Citizen, told the personal stories of teachers, healthcare workers, grocery, delivery, postal and other workers.

"I'm so grateful for the healthcare workers, the medical workers, all the grocery store workers and delivery people, the postal workers, all the other nonprofits that are working so hard," said Gaga, who helped organise the event.

 "This is really a true love letter to all of you all over the world, and I hope a reminder of the kindness that's occurring right now," she added.

Taylor Swift, on piano, gave an emotional rendition of her ballad Soon You'll Get Better, which was originally written during her mother's battle with cancer.

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Elton John put on a rousing performance of his hit song I'm Still Standing, as part of the One World: Together at Home concert.

Elton John belted out I'm Still Standing

 The Rolling Stones, who filmed in four separate locations, performed You Can't Always Get What You Want, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards playing acoustic guitars.

Jennifer Lopez channelled Barbra Streisand during Saturday's benefit gig, tackling one of the Broadway diva's signature songs: People from the 1964 musical Funny Girl.

JLo sang People from the musical Funny Girl

Stevie Wonder, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Liam Payne, John Legend, Sam Smith and more stellar artists all partook in the event.

One World: Together at Home will air across RTÉ2, RTÉ Player and RTÉ 2FM on Sunday 19 April from 7pm. 

The two-hour programme will feature Doireann Garrihy and Eoghan McDermott, who will bring an Irish take on the global event.

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