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Elton John Set To Host iHeartRadio Benefit Concert

The iHeartRadio Music Awards were supposed to take place this Sunday, but because of the coronavirus that is no longer possible. Instead, on Sunday night, iHeartRadio is teaming up with Fox to put on a concert benefitting Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation. The new event will follow all the social distancing rules, of course.

The Talent

Elton John is hosting the one hour concert event. Other performers include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, and Tim McGraw. More performers have yet to be announced.

The stars will all perform from the comfort of their own homes. They will have to use their own filming equipment to film their performances, without cameramen or producers. It’s the only way to safely hold any kind of virtual event without inadvertently putting health at risk.

The Cause

The performers are putting on a concert to raise awareness about COVID-19 and organizations that are working to help Americans most impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. iHeartRadio’s event aims to benefit the families of first responders on the front lines preventing the spread of the virus. The concert is also raising awareness and funds for those Americans who are impacted economically by the shutdowns.

A New Trend in TV

The iHeartRadio benefit is not the only event of this kind in the works in the entertainment world. On March 30, James Corden is hosting a special on his late show called Homefest. This event will be based in Corden’s garage as he interviews famous faces like Will Ferrell through video chat. Billie Eilish is also a musical guest for this event.

Corden’s special will be dedicated to the CDC Foundation and Feed the Children, encouraging viewers to donate to these causes. Like the iHeartRadio event, the idea is to protect the most vulnerable in society while slowing the spread of the disease.

Other late-night hosts like Trevor Noah and Steven Colbert have been hosting their regular late-night talk shows from the comfort of their own homes. It’s a trend that will likely continue, whether it’s late-night shows or charity specials, as the country continues to stay at home to “Flatten the Curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19.

In the spirit of charity, the iHeartRadio concert benefit will air on Fox commercial-free. It will also be available on all Fox streaming platforms. You can watch the concert this Sunday, March 29. It will air at 9 pm ET.