In this holiday season of giving, caring and sharing, it’s important to remember that music is such an important part of the season. It brings people together and makes the season feel warmer, as we as people grow closer. There have also been a number of music humanitarian moments throughout 2012 where some of the biggest names in music came together for the greater good. Here are some of the biggest music humanitarian moments from 2012.
BEYONCE AND WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY
For World Humanitarian Day in April, Beyonce Knowles enlisted the help of huge mainstream artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga to bring attention to an initiative created by the United Nations through her viral video, “I Was Here”. The campaign had the goal of sharing 1 billion messages of hope through doing very simple things such as volunteering at a local charity and caring for the homeless. Other names that participated included Shakira, Jay-Z, Chris Martin of Coldplay and President Barack Obama.
ALICIA KEYS AND THE ‘KEEP A CHILD ALIVE’ BLACKBALL
A little over a week ago, Alicia Keys and her non-profit foundation Keep A Child Alive hosted its annual Blackball, which honored Oprah Winfrey and Angelique Kidjo. There were musical performances by Keys, Kidjo, Bonnie Rait and Jennifer Hudson, and the event raised nearly $3 million for Keep a Child Alive.
THE 12/12/12 SANDY RELIEF EFFORT CONCERT
Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York City as well as New Jersey earlier this year. And only a few days ago, some of the biggest names in all of music and entertainment came together to raise money for relief effort in a concert that was simulcast across major and cable networks, as well as on YouTube. From Alicia Keys and Kanye West to Bruce Springsteen and Sir Paul McCartney, there were many memorable music moments this past Thursday in the name of doing good by so many people who were effected by Sandy throughout New York State, New Jersey and outlying areas.
2012 has proven that music humanitarians remain active and involved, and will definitely be around to use their celebrity status to being attention to some of today’s biggest issues.