Some of the greatest names in music joined forces for other surprise collaborations, including Mary J Blige, who took the stage with Jennifer Lopez to perform ‘Come Together,’ and Simon Le Bon who performed for the first time live with Timbaland, entertaining the crowd with a remix of Duran Duran’s hit ‘Reflex.’ Throughout the night, the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign was championed by
powerful performances from Rita Ora, who took to the stage with ‘Hot
Right Now’ and Iggy Azalea who got the crowd going with her tracks
‘Work’ and ‘Bounce.’ Florence the Machine performed a selection of
their most famous numbers including the uplifting ‘You’ve Got The Love,’
followed by John Legend who sang the classic ‘Bridge Over Trouble
Water.’ Ryan Reynolds and Zoe Saldana teamed up to introduce the three sisters of the band HAIM.
The evening also included amazing performances from Ellie Goulding who brought the audience to their feet with ‘Anything Could Happen’ and Italian star Laura Pausini who moved the audience with her stunning vocals.
The final performance of the night was co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE and Artistic Director of THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE, Beyoncé. Introduced by her co-founders, Frida Giannini and Salma Hayek Pinault,
the world famous artist performed a 45 minute set, including special
versions of ‘Who Run The World’, ‘Single Ladies,’ ’If I Were a Boy’ and
‘Halo’, as well as a cover of Destiny’s Child classic ‘Survivor’ plus a
duet with her husband, JAY Z.
Many other international artists and activists appeared on stage
throughout the four hour show to demonstrate their support of CHIME FOR
CHANGE and their commitment to girls and women: Prince Harry opened the
show with a video welcome; James Franco joined fellow actor Jessica
Chastain; Blake Lively introduced Florence Welch; Freida Pinto; Jada
Pinkett Smith; Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan; Nobel Peace Prize
laureate Leymah Gbowee, Mpho Tutu with a special recorded message of
support from Archbishob Demsond Tutu; and Gloria Steinem. The final
performance of the night was co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE and Artistic
Director of THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE, Beyoncé.
In addition to the musical performances, a program of powerful short
films was broadcast to the audience, highlighting inspirational stories
of girls and women from around the world. Madonna appeared on stage
to introduce one of the films – HUMAIRA: THE DREAM CATCHER’, directed by
Emmy and Oscar® winning documentary filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.
The film chronicles the life of a young woman, Humaira Bachal, who is
fighting to educate girls in her community in Pakistan. In an emotional
moment, Humaira took the stage while Madonna announced that she would
complete the funding for the school Humaira is building in Pakistan, if
the CHIME FOR CHANGE community helped to lay the foundation via
The full line-up of artists and performers at THE SOUND OF CHANGE LIVE
Rai * Abhishek Bachchan * Archbishop Desmond Tutu * Beyoncé * Blake
Lively * Ellie Goulding * Florence the Machine * Freida Pinto * Frida
Giannini * Gloria Steinem * HAIM * Humaira Bachal * Iggy Azalea * Jada
Pinkett Smith * James Franco * Jay Z * Jennifer Lopez * Jessica Chastain
*John Legend * Laura Pausini * Leymah Gbowee * Madonna * Mary J Blige *
Mpho Tutu * Rita Ora * Ryan Reynolds * Salma Hayek Pinault * Sharmeen
Obaid-Chinoy * Simon Le Bon * Timbaland * Zoe Saldana *
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