Country superstar Carrie Underwood brought a bit of heart to last night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day concert in New York City. Along with Kanye West, the singer stepped in for U2 frontman Bono—who is still recovering from a Nov. 16 bike accident and was expected to perform. Underwood took the stage with her stirring "Change" (from 2009's Play On) and her current Top 10 radio single "Something In The Water" (lifted from her forthcoming Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation). "[Bono] remains under doctors’ orders to refrain from performing until fully recuperated from his injuries," a statement reads on U2's website. Bruce Springsteen, The Edge and Coldplay’s Chris Martin were also invited to front the band for the show, which you can watch in its entirety below.
Former President Bill Clinton was also on hand to offer a bit of "serious talk." "This year, for the first time ever, more people were put on life-saving medicine than were diagnosed with AIDS. We are going to win this fight," he said.
“This year is a World AIDS Day like no other,” Bono had said about the cause. “The world reached a tipping point in the fight against AIDS – more people were newly added to life-saving treatment than were newly infected with the virus. A lot of people are calling it the beginning of the end of AIDS."
He continued, “We wouldn’t be at this point without American leadership, people from the left and the right. Today, 13 million people have access to life-saving treatment, up from 300,000 just over ten years ago. Americans don’t know the role they’ve played in this fight. Tonight’s event is to inform them and thank them.”
(RED) has teamed up with such iconic brands as Starbucks, Coca-Cola, beats by dr. dre and Bed, Bath & Beyond (and more) to raise money and awareness for the devastating disease. When you "go red" at one of the partners, 50% of the proceeds are given back to the cause. Find out more info and how you can help here.
You can watch the entire show now:
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