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FOX's 'Concert for America' Hopes to 'Shine a Light' on COVID-19 First Responders

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By Alyssa McCraw

Sunday night's television lineup will include something truly historic as "FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America." The top music artists of our time will individually come together via their own personal cameras, cell phones, and audio gear during a commercial-free, intimate event hosted by Elton John. Those confirmed to be performing are Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day), Camila Cabello, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and many other surprise guests.

iHeart Media's chief programming officer Tom Poleman assures "it's certainly unlike anything that we've ever done."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Elton John performs live at Twickenham Stoop on June 3, 2017 in London, England.
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"Normally, when we do our shows, we have state-of-the-art equipment, spare no expense to make it look great, you have all the glam squad coming in for the artists, but in this case, all you have is your cell phone and your living room and whatever instruments were there when the quarantine started."

Another quote from their partners at FOX says that they hope to "shine a light on the incredible work being done by first responders, medical technicians, and everyone who is trying to help during the coronavirus health crisis."

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 09: Billie Eilish performs live on stage at Billie Eilish "Where Do We Go?" World Tour Kick Off - Miami at American Airlines Arena on March 09, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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The whole concept came to be after the pandemic caused the iHeart Radio Music Awards to be postponed indefinitely. 'Concert for America' is slated for the awards' same, original Sunday night time slot.

“Part of the reason why we couldn’t do an [awards] show is because everybody’s stuck in their living rooms. So how do you make the most out of being stuck in your living rooms? Let’s do a concert where we’re all connected via living rooms." Poleman further explained that they "did a quick pivot" as they "started calling artists at their homes."

TLANTA, GEORGIA - MARCH 05: Mariah Carey performs onstage with Monroe Cannon and Moroccan Cannon during the the Caution World Tour at Fox Theater on March 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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If you haven't noticed a seemingly-all-new-level-of-realness to your favorite celebrities during this time, maybe this will do the trick: iHeart Media president of entertainment John Sykes says that "Mariah Carey's a real person, too."

“When she’s talking to us about doing it, she said, ‘I’m gonna have to keep the door open, because I have to keep an eye on the kids,'" Sykes reported. Carey is the mother of fraternal twins Moroccan and Monroe, whom she shares with television star Nick Cannon. The kids will celebrate their 9th birthday on April 30th.

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Additionally, the March 29th concert will target two specific charities in place to aid both victims and medical professionals: the First Responders Children's Foundation and Feeding America.

iHeart's John Sykes also provoked the thought that "musicians are first responders too."

"When we've had 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, artists who make millions of dollars a night playing on a stage come and do these shows for free. They don't charge a penny because these are the fans that basically come to see them every night. So, we reached out, Tom [Poleman] and I about a week ago, and started making phone calls." He says artists said yes immediately.

Don't miss 'FOX Presents the iHeartLiving Room Concert' live on Sunday at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT via all iHeartMedia radio stations and FOX platforms

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