Hosted by Selena Gomez, Vax Live: A Concert to Reunite the World will air on Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7 p.m. CT.
Viewers can catch musical performances by Jennifer Lopez, J Balvin, H.E.R and the Foo Fighters, alongside appearances from Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Chrissy Teigen, Jimmy Kimmel and world leaders.
You can watch and stream the program for free on ABC and various streaming platforms.
While getting a COVID-19 vaccine has become a bit easier in the U.S. this month, the race is still on to protect the global population during the pandemic. It's why superstar Selena Gomez has used her platform to host Global Citizen's Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World and raise more awareness around the benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, she hopes to also raise funds to ensure more vaccines are delivered to frontline healthcare providers around the world.
"People [are] getting false information. It's scaring people and it's circulating on all these different sites, and I see these heads of companies not doing anything about it," Selena, 28, said during an appearance on Extra.
What will this benefit concert entail and who will be there? We're answering all of your questions below, plus sharing how you can watch the event as it's broadcasted on Saturday, May 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7 p.m. CT.
What Is Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World?
The benefit concert, which was actually pre-recorded a week in advance at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, has already raised over $53 million to secure 10+ million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, per reports.
The Saturday night telecast will push more corporate donors and others to raise even more funds for more doses. It will feature appearances from international leaders to help pledge upwards of $22 billion to "get two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, tests, and treatments to the world's poorest countries by the end of 2021," People reports.
Who will be appearing and performing at Vax Live?
Viewers will be treated to more than a few musical performances throughout the broadcast, with Eddie Vedder, J Balvin, the Foo Fighters and H.E.R. all taking the stage.
The main draw of the program may be multiple performances from Jennifer Lopez, who was photographed performing on stage with her mother, Guadalupe Rodriguez, for a touching rendition of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." The 20,000+ vaccinated healthcare workers in attendance reportedly sang along to Guadalupe's adapted version for J.Lo, "Sweet Jennifer."
While the event is hosted by Selena, it's unclear if she's performing at this point. That said, late-night hosts Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman are slated to appear as special guest speakers, as are film icons Sean Penn and Ben Affleck. Chrissy Teigen is also participating in the event and shared behind-the-scenes tidbits on her Instagram profile earlier in the week.
For the first time since the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip last month, Prince Harry will appear at the concert to honor healthcare workers publicly. The concert's organizers also have teased an appearance from Meghan Markle.
The program will also feature speeches from world leaders — including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President Emmanuel Macron of France, and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic — around their plans to accelerate vaccinations across the globe.
How to watch and stream Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World:
The pre-recorded concert will air on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7 p.m. CT. It's being broadcasted by ABC and all of its local cable affiliates across the nation. You can also stream the event using ABC's free streaming app on Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV and more.
Don't have access to a television? You can still catch the concert as it airs in real time on YouTube starting at 8 p.m. Alternatively, anyone with access to the iHeartRadio app or a local iHeartMedia broadcast can listen to performances.
Finally, you can catch a cable rerun of the benefit concert starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Fox for those who missed the fun.
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