Sir Elton John To Host Star-Studded 'Living Room Concert' To Benefit Those Affected By Covid-19

Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and the Backstreet Boys are among the performers.

Sir Elton John is set to host a star-studded benefit concert in aid of charities helping those affected by coronavirus.

While the Rocketman singer will be on hosting duties during iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert For America, a number of big-name artists will be performing sets from their own homes.

Among them are chart-topping singer Billie Eilish, music legend Mariah Carey and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

Backstreet Boys, Alicia Keys and country star Tim McGraw will also be performing, with iHeartRadio teasing that more names are still to be announced.

During the live event, tributes will be paid to those “on the frontlines” who are helping prevent the spread of coronavirus, while those who tune in are encouraged to donate to the charities Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

iHeartRadio has insisted that the performances will be filmed using the artists’ mobile phones and their own equipment “to insure the safety of everyone involved”.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of stars have been forced to cancel their live shows, including several on the bill, like Mariah, Billie Eilish and Sir Elton.

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John
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The crisis has affected all areas of the entertainment industry, including here in the UK, where a number of TV shows have halted production, and films have had their release dates pushed back.

iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert For America will be streaming live on Sunday 29 March from 1am UK time.

This is the date and time when the iHeartRadio Music Awards had been scheduled to go ahead, before the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.