Coronavirus containment measures might've forced LGBTQ Pride celebrations off the streets this year, but P&G and iHeartMedia's Can't Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit for the LGBTQ+ Community is determined to bring queer star power directly into your living room instead.
Beginning tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET, you can watch EW's livestream of the celebrity-filled special event above, as well as on Hulu and iHeartMedia stations nationwide, on social media, and on the iHeartRadio app.
Co-hosted by Elvis Duran and actress Laverne Cox, the broadcast — segmented into sections representing colors of the rainbow — is set to feature a performance by Sia, a speech by Kermit the Frog, an address by Pose actor Billy Porter, a riverside set by Big Freedia, a backyard rendition of Adam Lambert's song "Roses," a duet between Ricky Martin and Carla Morrison, and an exclusive Pride-inspired remix of "Daisies" by Katy Perry. The program will conclude with a 20-year celebration of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
All funds raised during the event in collaboration with GLAAD, SAGE, National Black Justice Coalition, The Trevor Project, CenterLink, and OutRight Action International will go toward benefitting the LGBTQ community.
Katy Perry knows how to bring the fun to any event! The pregnant singer delivered a funky and fabulous "Daisies" remix as part of P&G and iHeartMedia'sCan’t Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit for the LGBTQ+ Community on Thursday. Showing off her burgeoning baby bump, the performance included a mashup of her songs "I Kissed a Girl," "Peacock," "Walking on Air" and "Swish Swish."
The glowing expectant mother cradled her bump in a ruffled neon green, body-hugging dress. She was also seen rocking a rainbow headband, metallic rainbow cape with a black dress, and a coat with dramatic puffy sleeves.
The virtual benefit, hosted by Laverne Cox and Elvis Duran, helped raise visibility and funds for LGBTQ communities most impacted by COVID-19.
"Our hearts should be filled with joy right now, especially with the recent ruling that protects LGBTQI people from workplace discrimination," Cox said during the event. "And while I'm inspired by the support of the last few weeks, I cannot stand to see one more Black or brown, cis or trans life lost to brutality, racism, transphobia or homophobia. Black Lives Matter. Black Trans Lives Matter. That’s the spirit of Stonewall that lives til this day."
Also taking part in the event was Ricky Martin, who gave a mesmerizing performance of "Recuerdo" with Carla Morrison. "Those incredibly strong men and women who fought for us, way before us... Today, my music, my thoughts, are only for them. Wherever you are, I love you," Martin said before beginning his tune.
Kelly Clarkson won Best Entertainment Talk Show Host at the 2020 Daytime Emmys for “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Since she already has three Grammys for her work as a recording artist, that brings her halfway to the EGOT grand slam. Only 15 people have ever won a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — including her fellow coach on “The Voice,” John Legend. And she made sure to let him know on Twitter, “I’m comin’ for that EGOT status.” Them’s fighting words! Scroll down to see her tweet, and check out the complete list of Emmy winners here.
SEE2020 Daytime Emmy winners: Full list of nominees and winners in all categories After winning the inaugural season of “American Idol” in 2002, Clarkson won her first Grammys in 2006: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Since U Been Gone” and Best Pop Album for “Breakaway.” Then she won Best Pop Album again in 2013 for “Stronger.” Now that she has her Emmy for her daytime talk show, she’s only the second “Idol” alum to get halfway to EGOT. The other is Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson — who also happens to be a coach on “The Voice.”
Legend, meanwhile, won his first Grammys in 2006 — the same year as Clarkson. He claimed Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Ordinary People”) and Best R&B Album (“Get Lifted”). Over the course of his music career, he has won 11 Grammys. The other three showbiz awards started coming in almost a decade later, but they came in fast. He won his Oscar in 2015: Best Original Song for “Glory” from “Selma.” He won his Tony in 2017: Best Play Revival as a producer of “Jitney.” And he won his Emmy in 2018: Best Variety Special (Live) for “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
So you never know when opportunity will knock and how quickly it could happen. Do you think Clarkson will eventually catch Legend and achieve EGOT? She needs a Tony and an Oscar to do it, and as Legend demonstrated, producing and songwriting could do the trick.
Stars including Laverne Cox, Cara Delevingne and more teamed up with P&G and iHeartMedia for "Can't Cancel Pride: A COVID-19 Relief Benefit For The LGBTQ+ Community," which helped raise money and visibility for the LGBTQ+ communities that have been impacted by the pandemic. The event collaborated with several LGBTQ+ organizations, among the foundations were GLAAD, SAGE, The Trevor Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, CenterLink and OutRight Action International.
Also on hand to show their support was Adam Lambert, Ben Platt, Big Freedia, Katy Perry, Kim Petras, Melissa Etheridge, Sia, Ricky Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Darren Criss, who provided the night's entertainment with their moving performances and proved that nothing can get in the way of a Pride celebration.
Billy Porter, Bebe Rexha, Ciara, Dan Levy, Hayley Kiyoko, Lena Waithe, Matt Bomer, Nico Tortorella and Tituss Burgess also made special appearances throughout the night, with some taking to social media to participate in the viral "Wipe It Down" challenge to show their Pride.
The event was also filled with uplifting messages from its celebrity attendees, each offering inspiring and empowering sentiments to the LGBTQ+ community.
"Here's to loving who you love and embracing your true self," Delevingne said. "I wish I learned how to do that when I was 16."
Speaking to young viewers, Kiyoko said, "Purple is all about spirit and during these challenging times if anything captures the spirit of a bright and unified future, it's LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth and allies are fighting back on all fronts for LGBTQ rights, racial justice, accessibility, gender equity, climate change and more."
June doesn't just mark the beginning of summer, it also commemorates National Pride Month — a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and all of their advancements. While for the past 49 years this has meant a massive Pride parade, this year on the 50th anniversary of the first Pride parade, things are a little different. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many parades have been canceled or postponed. But that doesn't mean hope is lost. Communities all around the country are pushing through and holding virtual Pride events in 2020 to celebrate this year.
The Pride celebration is usually one where LGBTQ+ community members and allies alike come together to experience a loving and accepting atmosphere. It's meant to not only show the public that the community is strong and resilient as a whole, but also to allow individual people to be who they truly are, without fear of judgement or persecution. Attending a Pride parade — whether for the first time or the 49th — is a significant moment in many people's lives. And having to sacrifice that this year may be difficult. While nothing can replace attending a Pride parade IRL, LGBTQ+ groups and organizations around the nation are banding together and doing their best to provide the best virtual experience that they can.
While there are plenty of smaller virtual Pride events you can take part in, there's also a virtual Global Pride in the works for June 27. This celebration will last for an entire 24 hours and feature live hosts, performers, and engagement pieces. The event will be hosted by InterPride, a global federation of Pride organizations, as well as the European Pride Organisers Association.
Five different Pride organizations in South Florida are coming together to create a virtual experience in place of the usual large and separate celebrations they have. Miami Beach Pride, Pride Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Pride, Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride, and Gay8 (Ocho) created the South Florida Pride Collective where they'll be featuring local celebrities like Tiffany Fantasia, Kitty Meow, and Latrice Royale. The event will also include a voluntary online contribution site where people will have the chance to donate to efforts to help South Floridians, who have been impacted by the virus.
San Francisco is hosting its very own virtual Pride celebration on both June 27 and June 28. The event will include both live and pre-recorded music performances, speeches, drag performances, and DJ sets including ones by prominent LGBTQ+ community members. The event's site mentions that more information will be coming soon.