This Year’s Global Citizen Festival Was One to Remember

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By Jasmine Washington

Some of the biggest names in music flocked to New York’s Central Park in celebration of the 2017 Global Citizen Festival. Music legend Stevie Wonder headlined the annual charity concert while Green Day, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean and a slew of other notable artists hit the stage.

Dedicated to combating injustice, tackling climate change and ending poverty by the year 2030, this year’s fest was co-hosted by Demi Lovato, Lupita Nyong’o, Priyanka Chopra, Aaron Paul and a slew of others that kept the party going.

Check out some of the most memorable moments from the 2017 Global Citizen Festival below:

  • 1 Stevie Wonder
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    One of the most touching moments of the night happened when headliner Stevie Wonder took a knee in solidarity with former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.

  • 2 Green Day
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    Proud human rights activists and headliners Green Day hit the stage performing a medley of their greatest hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

  • 3 Pharrell Williams
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    Pharrell hit the stage performing “Happy” alongside Stevie Wonder.

  • 4 Lupita Nyong’o
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    Academy award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o recited a powerful speech about gender equality.

  • 5 Rachel Brosnahan, Priyanka Chopra
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    Quantico leading lady Priyanka Chopra and House of Cards star Rachel Brosnahan hit the stage to raise awareness about the shocking statistics around water and sanitation.

  • 6 Demi Lovato
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    Newly appointed Global Citizen Ambassador for Mental Health Demi Lovato slayed in a bright pink dress as she stressed the importance of ending the stigma surrounding mental health.

  • 7 Big Sean
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    Big Sean worked up a sweat and he rocked the mic.

  • 8 Joan Smalls
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    Super model and activist Joan Smalls hit the stage welcoming The Chainsmokers.

  • 9 Andra Day
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    Songstress Andra Day took to the stage performing a powerful rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit.”

  • 10 Alessia Cara
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    Budding songstress Alessia Cara performed her hit single, “Here.”

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