Miley Cyrus was one of the stars heavily involved in Global Citizen’s ‘Global Goal: Unite for Our Future’ that took place last weekend (Saturday 27th June) with the aim of Global Goal to secure the big bucks needed to ensure COVID-19 tests, and ultimately treatments and vaccines, are available to everyone who needs them.
Miley performed a a “noteworthy” cover of the Beatles “Help!”, but was inspired by Dolly Parton’s version of the song, in an empty Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.
The word “Help!” was spelled out in HUGE letters across the stadium’s field, with Miley performing the song “Help!” on the exclamation point.
“It was really moving for me seeing leaders from 40 governments come together on Saturday; I felt like our voices were heard,” Cyrus says of Global Goal. “And we’ll keep going! As Global Citizens, we’ll continue calling on leaders around the world to combat the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on marginalized communities. We have a long way to go to make sure everyone, everywhere has access to the solutions that will end COVID-19, but if we keep uniting together, I know we can make this goal a reality.”
“There’s been so many at-home performances since we did One World that we didn’t want this to feel like that at all,” says Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans. “Many performances happened in interesting venues all around the world, all practiced under social distancing conditions so that we are true to our word. But we wanted to make sure that it had a production value about it that actually makes you feel the hope that we want the world to feel when we end COVID-19 and the COVID-19 era.”
Meanwhile, other artists who couldn’t get to unique locations put together mesmerizing performance videos, like Coldplay and J Balvin, who used eye-popping animation in their respective renditions of “Paradise” and “Que Calor”/“Mi Gente.” Evans also highlighted Usher’s video for his new song “I Cry,” which he shot just last week, and which nods powerfully to the recent protests against police brutality.
“Many of us don’t want to go ‘back to normal,’” Cyrus says, “to where we were as a society before COVID-19. We want to move forward to a more just and equal world. Everyone deserves a healthy future, no matter what their skin color, how they identify, where they’re from or how much money they make.”
Cyrus participated in the summit and says she wanted to speak to the energy she’s seeing from her generation and those younger than her to end these twin crises.
“My generation is hungry for change, and, in many ways, is leading the charge toward it,” she says. “I’m seeing young people use their voices every day to demand a just and equal world… . Especially now, we want this activism to lead to lasting change, even though it may take time to get there. As part of that effort, I’ve been educating myself and being a student of organizers and organizations. I really believe that our collective voice will make a real difference.”