Cardi B, Janet Jackson & More: The Best Moments of New York's Global Citizen Festival 2018


Global Citizen Festival was again on the Central Park Great Lawn on Saturday (Sept. 29) for its seventh yr, with Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness internet hosting the occasion. Performances from Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and particular visitor John Legend delivered the proper soundtrack for encouraging attendees to present again on a global scale.

While the pageant was briefly halted when the sound of a fallen fence triggered a panic and evacuation, it remained an empowering occasion specializing in a spread points starting from jail reform, waste discount and training to the non-profit’s main initiative to finish world poverty. And as a result of followers labored exhausting to interact in activist-minded actions as a way to earn tickets to the occasion, its stellar lineup placed on fairly a present.

Here are the very best musical moments from Global Citizen Festival's New York exhibiting.

Cardi B’s command of the stage

From the second Cardi B prowled onto the stage in a slinky strut together with her crew of back-up dancers all wearing a fiery purple, the rapper proved she meant enterprise. Her set was one of the crucial extremely anticipated of the pageant, and he or she delivered every part the gang may have hoped for. Performing with sheer confidence from high of her set as she “got here via” together with her hits together with “I Like It,” the fierce “Bartier Cardi” and her fashionable traditional “Bodak Yellow,” she support down her rhymes flawlessly. She labored the stage like a catwalk whereas she dynamically laid down every witty lyric just like the hip-hop queen she is. At the highest of her set, the Invasion of Privacy artist mentioned, “I’m nervous, I’m sweating, I had a nervous breakdown at this time, however it’s advantageous and I’m right here and attempting to alter the world,” and together with her exhilarating set, she proved simply how presumably that's.

The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle performs “This Is Me”

While Global Citizen Festival host Hugh Jackman spoke concerning the significance of inclusion, the star of the latest musical The Greatest Showman additionally shocked the gang by introducing his costar Keala Settle who got here on stage for a efficiency of the Oscar-nominated “This Is Me.” Joined by the New York City Gay Men’s Choir, Settle provided her all in a joyous rendition of the music. Her daring, theatrical voice was on the forefront of the emotional music preaching the worth of distinction, balanced superbly by the harmonizing choir behind her. It was a short efficiency, however encompassed the pageant’s message of inclusivity and individuality.

Janet Jackson’s tributes to Joe and Michael Jackson

Headliner Janet Jackson took a number of moments all through her career-spanning set to pay tribute to her late brother, Michael Jackson, and Joe Jackson, her father who died in June on the age of 89. Singing “Scream,” the rock-driven collaboration together with her brother, she yelled, “Let’s go, Mike!” as visuals of the late pop star lit up the display screen behind her. To proceed to indicate respect to her iconic household, the recording artist emotionally launched her ‘90s hit “Together Again” by wanting up and saying, “I miss you. I like you, each of you.” Throughout the candy however fast quantity, childhood images of her and her father crammed the screens and Jackson sang with a energetic grace to rejoice his legacy.

The Weeknd comforts the gang

Though headliner The Weeknd’s set was reduce brief because of the pageant’s non permanent evacuation, the recording artist proved he was decided to nonetheless give a present at at least 100 p.c. Among Starboy favorites just like the titular observe and “I Feel It Coming,” the R&B singer additionally sang his latest My Dear Melancholy quantity “Call Out My Name.” The weak ballad felt like a becoming music for the second: “Fortunately nobody bought harm tonight, however you understand I like you," he advised the gang. "I needed to reduce it brief, however I nonetheless really feel the love." He then went into his finale, the OG Weeknd hit “The Hills,” to finish the evening on a excessive observe and infuse the pageant with the suitable quantity of power it wanted following a dramatic incident.

Janelle Monáe speaks out in assist of survivors of sexual assault

In the midst of her set, Janelle Monáe took a second to declare her assist for survivors of sexual violence. The singer used her platform to make some extent to talk on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s latest testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning her allegations in opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “This previous week was a brutal, brutal week for lots of us ladies. This was a brutal week for survivors of sexual violence,” she mentioned. “I need to inform survivors right here and watching at residence that I hear you, I see you and I imagine you.” With sincerity, the R&B artist then led a name and response chant of, “We hear you, we see you, we assist you, we imagine you,” which was invigorated by supportive voices throughout all the the gang.

Shawn Mendes invitations John Legend onto the stage for a duet

While John Legend was billed as a visitor performer scheduled solely to play three songs, Shawn Mendes introduced the EGOT-winning musician again on stage for a particular, shock duet. Together, the 2 sang Mendes’ rallying music “Youth.” They every took turns alternating verses, Legend taking the solos that have been sung by Khalid on the unique observe, till they united on the refrain when their lush voices entwined to make for an emotional duet. As Mendes and Legend each sang, “You can’t take my youth away,” it was as if the singer-songwriters made an announcement to the youthful crowd that there’s no denying the change their technology can deliver.

John Legend debuts a brand new music

John Legend took the chance throughout his particular visitor efficiency to share a brand new, yet-to-be-released music known as “Preach.” Accompanied solely by the piano, the artist performed the shifting anthem about his devotion to civic engagement and activism. He defined the upcoming single is about “how irritating it may be to take a look at your telephone, learn the information, see what’s occurring” concerning authorities officers failing to indicate assist for victims of sexual violence, college students defending their proper to be protected from gun violence and the Black Lives Matter motion. “It’s not sufficient to speak about it or tweet about it,” Legend mentioned forward of debuting “Preach.” “We’ve bought to make the world a greater place. We can’t simply preach.” In the brand new music’s refrain he triumphantly sang, “Falling to my knees, I do imagine I can’t simply preach, child, preach,” stressing the significance of placing phrases into motion.