Musicians turn to online performances amidst COVID-19 pandemic


Left is Tori Kelly and Demi Lovato, top right is Chris Martin, and bottom right is Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Photo by Ava Kopecky.

Ava Kopecky, Staff Reporter

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus outbreak, artists and entertainers have utilized social media and streaming services as a way to post their live performances and hold events for their fans.

Many musicians have used Instagram live, Facebook live, and even YouTube live to stream for their viewers and perform for them. Singer Tori Kelly has consistently been going on Instagram live to sing acoustic covers of songs and perform her own songs, dubbing it “Quarantea with Tori.”

Kelly even went live with singer Demi Lovato to perform Lovato’s songs, “Sorry Not Sorry,” and “Stone Cold.” Kelly has also invited artists such as Jessie J, H.E.R, Luis Fonsi, and many more to perform alongside her during these live streams, calling them her “special guests.”

Even though performing a couple of songs has been very popular throughout the music community, some artists have even gone to the extent of doing “at home concerts.”

Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS did a stay at home concert through Verizon Pay It Forward Live. They performed almost an hour’s worth of songs, including Eilish’s hit song “Bad Guy.”

The concert has over one million views on YouTube, and the duo has even posted separately at home performances that are not related to the concert.

Fellow artists and famous couple Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have also provided fans with an at home concert of the two performing the songs they have together, and their own songs.

The couple formed for the Together At Home series that was put on by the Global Citizens and the World Health Organization. Other artists who have participated in this series include singers John Legend, Charlie Puth, Chris Martin, and many more.

Although the live streams have provided teenage fans and adults a sense of entertainment, live performances have also aimed towards children have been posted on YouTube as well.

ABC has had a consistent series called “The Disney Family Singalong,” where they invite famous artists to cover popular Disney songs for all the young kids stuck at home as well. The series has had Ariana Grande cover, “I Won’t Say I’m In Love,” from Hercules, Halsey to cover “Part Of Your World,” from The Little Mermaid, and many more.

The YouTube playlist posted by ABC’s verified YouTube channel has 27 videos of well known songs for the whole family to enjoy, and they are certainly not stopping there. You can watch the full highlights on ABC itself and even Hulu.

So even during these uncertain times, celebrity music artists do make staying at home feel like we are in it together.