Elton John to host coronavirus concert special with Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, more

Elton John is hosting a benefit concert on Sunday evening with proceeds designed to support Americans affected by COVID-19.

The performance, dubbed “Fox presents the iHeart living room concert for America”, will be unlike any other benefit concert you may have heard of. Musicians and performers sing from their own homes, filmed with personal video and audio equipment, according to a Fox press release. And the audience will be you, with a front row seat.

Elton John performs in Napier, New Zealand in February.Kerry Marshall / Getty Images

Among the artists to play are Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and others to come. We fully expect John to do more than just host and probably play some songs as well.

The hour-long concert is intended to “pay tribute to primary care workers, first responders and local heroes who put their lives in danger to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus,” the statement said.

Mariah Carey and Billie Eilish will perform from their home during Sunday’s benefit show.Getty Images

During the special, viewers are asked to support charities such as Feeding America and First Responders’ Children’s Foundation.

Last week John posted one photo of himself on Instagram about why it was so important to stay home during the pandemic:

“Thank you @kevinbacon for the nomination !!” he wrote in the caption. “#IStayHomeFor @davidfurnish and our boys. Today it’s snakes, ladders and staying inside to stop coronavirus from spreading. Who are you staying at home? Post your own # IStayHomeFor photo with a sign like mine and tag six of your friends asking to do the same. My six nominations are – @teddysphotos @samsmith @ taron.egerton @sharonstone @sharonosbourne and @sam_fender! “

We are very happy that he gives us all another good reason to stay at home. The concert, which will take place without commercials, will air on Fox instead of the previously announced iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, March 29 at 9 p.m. ET.

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