Coronavirus: Elton John to host TV benefit concert with Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl, more

The latest postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic is Lady Gaga's sixth studio album "Chromatica," which was slated for an April 10 release. USA TODAY

Another stay-at-home concert is here to help your self-quarantine cabin fever. 

Elton John is set to emcee "Fox Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert for America," a music event to help fight the spread of coronavirus. The hourlong special will air commercial-free Sunday on Fox (9 ET/6 PT), as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and the iHeartRadio app. 

The iHeartRadio Music Awards were scheduled for March 29 in Los Angeles, but have been postponed to an as-yet undetermined date.

This Sunday's virtual concert will feature performances by Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl, Camila Cabello, Sam Smith, H.E.R., Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim McGraw, all of whom will perform from their homes using personal cellphones, cameras and audio equipment.

In addition to music, the benefit will pay tribute to health care professionals, first responders and local heroes working to save lives during the coronavirus outbreak, and will encourage viewers to support and donate to organizations Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation

Like many artists, John, 73, was recently forced to postpone a slew of dates on his going farewell tour through early May. Eilish similarly postponed her North American arena trek due to virus concerns, while Keys postponed her upcoming self-titled album, which was slated for release last week. 

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/03/25/elton-john-hosting-tv-benefit-covid-19-relief-billie-eilish/5079107002/

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