Headlines: One World At Home Adds Artists, Ryan Seacrest Donates 1 Mil Coronavirus Relief

‘One World: Together At Home’ Adds 70+ Artists to Lineup of Historic Digital and TV Special – Announced on April 6, One World: Together At Home is a global special curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, premiering Saturday, April 18, in celebration and support of health care workers and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO). It will include appearances and performances by today’s most notable entertainers — and on Tuesday, the organization released a new list of participants, including Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello, Céline Dion, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lopez, LL COOL J, Lupita Nyong’o, Matthew McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Pharrell Williams, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Usher, Victoria Beckham, and more. The digital livestream of One World: Together At Home will include appearances by: Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, Heidi Klum, John Legend, Niall Horan, and more. – via GlobalCitizen.org

Ryan Seacrest Donates $1 Million to Help Coronavirus Relief Efforts in N.Y.C. and L.A. – Ryan Seacrest is joining the list of celebrities doing what they can to help during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Live with Kelly and Ryan host, 45, is donating $1 million to help with relief efforts in New York and Los Angeles amid the ongoing public health crisis, including $750,000 earmarked for first responders in New York. “New York and Los Angeles are very special places to me and so I wanted to do something in the immediate to give back in these unprecedented times,” Seacrest tells PEOPLE exclusively. – Read more at People.com

How Will ‘American Idol’ Handle Live Shows Amid Coronavirus? Katy Perry Is Ready to Get ‘Creative’ – “Well, I think we’re all gonna have to be really creative — I know we’re gonna be very creative and you’ll just have to be tuning into that creativity that we are probably going to create from our individual homes,” The truth is, even Perry seemed unsure of what it might look like. “We’ll see how this goes,” she promised during the nearly 14-minute chat, her first FB Live. – Read more at Billboard

Voice Winner Chevel Shepherd Faces Possibility of Her High School Graduation Being Canceled – The 17-year-old’s positive spirit and carefree attitude made her a fan favorite on the competition show’s fifteenth season. But these days, the high school senior is coming to grips with the possibility of her graduation ceremony being canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Keeping that smile on her face has become a challenge, she says. “I finished all my high school classes in February, so I was just waiting to walk the graduation stage in May,” the 17-year-old tells PEOPLE. “But the fact is that that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.” – Read more at People

St. Louis ‘The Voice’ contestant Joanna Serenko on staying positive during COVID-19: ‘I know this too shall pass’ – “It’s very unexpected just to have gotten on to Team Blake now,” Serenko said. “I think it’s very unexpected for a lot viewers as well because everyone thinks I’m where I need to be on Team John, like I’m at home with Team John.” However, Serenko, who started the competition on Nick Jonas’ team, said she welcomes the change. “I’m really happy that it worked out this way because I get to experience each of the coaches,” Serenko said. “It’s surprising, but also I’m super happy for that reason because I just want to work with as many people as I can.” – Read more at KSDK.com

Laine Hardy Shares Why It’s So Important To Pay Homage to His Louisiana Roots in His Music – “Working with Michael Knox, he is a really easy going guy and really simple. He knows exactly what to do. My ideas were unorganized in my head and I didn’t know how to put it into one little description. So I told Michael Knox all my ideas and he put it into one organized idea, and that’s what came out of that. I’m really excited about it and happy with the results. The songwriters are amazing, like awesome. I’ve got the chance to speak with them and talk to them about the songs and they were just awesome people. I’m glad to have a lot of amazing songwriters in Nashville because I’m still honing my craft of songwriting and those songs are just so relatable to me.” – Read more at Celebsecrets

Shane McAnally on ‘Songland’ season 2, writing songs on Skype and ‘Tiger King’ – “For 15-plus years, I was like, ‘How can I get my song in the hands of Kenny Chesney?’ And here, we’re taking a bridge, and somebody’s playing their song instantly for John Legend and Kelsea Ballerini,” McAnally says. “What I’ve found, though, it’s still not a ticket in. No matter how many times I got a song heard or recorded by someone, the next time that I pitched a song, I felt like I was back at square one. I still hear 99 no’s for every yes. Probably more no’s than that. We use whatever we can…I also know the dues that it takes to even get (to the show). These people have not been waiting around for these opportunities. They’ve been out there beating down doors. And they just start so much younger now.” – Read more at Tennessean.com

Utah’s Ryan Innes is on NBC’s ‘Songland’ — the latest stop on a unique musical journey – Innes’ musical journey has taken him from Brigham Young University’s music program to NBC’s “The Voice” in 2013, then a debut solo album in 2018. Through it all, Innes has played a ton of concerts and corporate gigs, and licensed songs to other artists. A casting director for “Songland” contacted Innes last October after noticing the slew of singles Innes had been releasing. From there, Innes submitted a dozen or so tunes to the “Songland” producers. They picked a song he’d written five years ago with Utah music alum Dustin Christensen (who had also been on “The Voice”). – Read more at Deseret.com

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