“ONE WORLD” SPECIAL FEATURES ALL-STAR ENTERTAINMENT

NEW YORK (AP) - Organizers of Saturday’s “One World: Together At Home” special say nearly $128 million was raised to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Most of the money came from corporate sponsors lined up before the special. It was intended as a message of support for medical personnel and essential workers and a pick-me-up for those quarantined at home. Lady Gaga, who curated the special, opened with a peppy version of the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile.” The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Eddie Vedder, Billie Joe Armstrong, Lizzo, John Legend with Sam Smith and Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) with Finneas were among the other performers. Beyoncé was a surprise guest who spoke about how the virus is disproportionately affecting the black community.

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“ONE WORLD” GIVES GLIMPSE INTO CELEBRITIES’ HOMES

NEW YORK (AP) - Elton John shoots outdoor hoops? During the “One World: Together At Home” special, John performed at a piano on his home patio in front of a basketball hoop and two balls. Social media users were fascinated with the giant book in front of Keith Richards. The Washington Post reports it was a copy of “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.” John Legend performed in front of his awards, including several Grammys, two MTV Video Music Awards and a Tony -- but not his Oscar. A clever camera trick allowed Keith Urban to be accompanied by two more versions of himself. His wife, Nicole Kidman, appeared to prefer the one playing acoustic guitar, because that’s the one who got the kiss.

BABYFACE AND TEDDY RILEY RESCHEDULE “VERZUZ” BATTLE FOR TODAY

NEW YORK (AP) - Babyface and Teddy Riley will try again with their friendly music competition tonight after they had technical issues on Saturday. More than 400,000 had tuned in Saturday on Instagram Live to watch the music battle as part of the “Verzuz” series created by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. After about an hour of troubleshooting, Babyface said it would be best to postpone so the music could be heard the way it was meant to be heard. The battle had already been postponed from April 12 after Babyface came down with the new coronavirus.

BRAD PAISLEY CRASHES TEACHERS’ ZOOM MEETING

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - You’ve heard about how Zoom meetings are getting crashed by outside participants? A guy in a Star Wars “Mandalorian” mask crashed an online meeting of elementary school teachers outside Nashville last week, and it turned out to be Brad Paisley. According to the Nashville Tennessean, Paisley was secretly invited by Ashlyn Williamson, a third-grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School in Hattiesburg, Tennessee. Paisley posted a cell phone number for fans to text if they wanted him to join their meeting. Williamson did so but did not expect Paisley to do it. When Paisley revealed himself, the teachers screamed with excitement. Paisley said he was appreciative of what the teachers were doing and even sang at one teacher’s request.

GLORIA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN SEND MEALS TO FIRST RESPONDERS

MIAMI (AP) - Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s restaurant in Miami will provide free meals for a month for health care workers and emergency personnel in Miami. The Estefans say in a statement their Estefan Kitchen is preparing and delivering meals seven days a week for at least 30 days for workers at area hospitals, police departments and fire departments. They say it’s to show their gratitude “for their heroic efforts and to help maintain their strength and stamina” during the coronavirus pandemic.

DAVID GUETTA PERFORMS FOR BALCONY WATCHERS

MIAMI (AP) - Usually, David Guetta (GET’-ah) looks out on his audience. On Saturday, he looked up. Guetta performed in front of hundreds of people on their balconies at a housing complex in downtown Miami, as well as for an online audience of millions. Guetta raised $700,000 for charities fighting the coronavirus outbreak.

JOHN OATES APPEARS ON “THE GOLDBERGS”

LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Oates will be a guest star on Wednesday’s episode of “The Goldbergs.” Executive producer Adam F. Goldberg says Hall and Oates were a major part of the soundtrack of his youth, and Oates is a fan of the show. The song “Kiss On My List” will be featured.

QUAVO, KANE BROWN WILL DO NFL DRAFT-A-THON

UNDATED (AP) - Quavo of Migos, Kane Brown and actor Kevin Hart will take part in the NFL’s Draft-A-Thon, a charity fundraising campaign in connection with the NFL Draft beginning Thursday. The Draft-A-Thon will raise money for nonprofit groups fighting the coronavirus pandemic. It will be streamed on NFL social platforms and featured in live draft coverage on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network.

by Margie Szaroleta