And the lucky recipient? Take a bow, Lady Gaga.
The live-streamed virtual concert, a collaboration with Global Citizen, saw musicians from around the world performing from inside their homes.
When Gaga originally announced the planned event, Piers dismissed her involvement, asking: “Has she found a cure?”
But after the BBC showed highlights from the event on Sunday evening, the presenter did a 180 and apologised to the Stupid Love singer.
“I owe you an apology @ladygaga,” he tweeted. “This was a great initiative that raised a fortune, entertained people, and will help save lives.”
He continued: “It was also a perfect illustration of a major star using their profile properly in this crisis. Congrats.”
Following the weekend’s event, Gaga celebrated the money raised, tweeting: “I am so humbled to have been a part of this project. Thank you @GlblCtzn. Thank you @WHO. I love you.”
The money raised will support the Covid-19 Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, which will globally fund essential PPE, supplies and testing kits.