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5 New Stars Added to Tonight's 'Concert for America' on FOX

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By Alyssa McCraw

It's just hours until "FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America," but the list of those appearing just keeps getting longer.

Earlier today, PEOPLE confirmed that "Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Ryan Seacrest, The Masked Singer's Ken Jeong, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone" have added their names to the big show's lineup. The 'Concert for America' will air live tonight on all FOX platforms and iHeart Media radio stations to benefit those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its timeslot is replacing that of the iHeart Radio Music Awards which were canceled due to the global crisis.

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The aforementioned entertainers will be joined by those previously confirmed over the course of last week, including Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Camila Cabello, Mariah Carey, Dave Grohl, and Tim McGraw. Artists such as H.E.R, Lizzo, and Sam Smith were also added after the original announcement.

So, how's this gonna work? PEOPLE went on to explain it best.

"Celebrities will all be performing and sending messages from their respective homes while practicing social distancing," they wrote on Sunday. 'Concert for America' also exists to "help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic."

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Tom Poleman, chief programming officer for iHeart Media, explains that - unlike to traditional events, such as the 'iHeart' Awards - tonight's showcase will be very raw.

"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."

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“Part of the reason why we couldn’t do an [awards] show is because everybody’s stuck in their living rooms," the exec continued. "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 the ceremony's cancelation forced them to "did a quick pivot" as they "started calling artists at their homes."

iHeart Media president of entertainment John Sykes was the one making a lot of these calls, but there was one conversation stuck out to him in particular: the one with Mariah Carey.

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"Mariah Carey's a real person, too," Sykes recalled. Although Carey was quick to confirm her contribution, she did have one stipulation.

“When she [was] 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.'"

Fellow pop star Lady Gaga is sure to stun on screen tonight - the celebrated singer, songwriter, and actress celebrated her 34th birthday on Saturday after making the extremely difficult decision to delay the release of her upcoming studio album Chromatica.

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"While I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this," she said in a social media statement, "it just doesn't feel right to me to release an album with all that is going on during this global pandemic. I instead prefer that we spend time focusing on finding solutions."

What's more important, Gaga said, is ensuring that we get "essential medical equipment to healthcare professionals, making sure kids who depend on public school for meals get the assistance they need, and that we help those who will be financially impacted by this pandemic."

'FOX Presents the iHeartLiving Room Concert for America' airs live on Sunday at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT via all iHeartMedia radio stations and FOX platforms.

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