Miley Cyrus performed the Beatles hit song “Help!” Saturday in an empty Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, as part of Global Citizen’s “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” livestream event.
For the performance, organizers put up a huge HELP! Sign on the Rose Bowl field, and Cyrus stood and performed on the period of the exclamation point, putting a country spin on the Beatles classic.
“For me, the magic of performing is sharing and celebrating music together… being surrounded by people and feeling their energy!” she said. “During this time of COVID-19, we are coming together in a different way… we are uniting with the goal of ensuring EVERYONE has access to the solutions to end this pandemic,” Cyrus tweeted of the cover.
Cyrus added she was dedicating the performance to “everyone who is working tirelessly for testing, treatments and vaccines so all of us can come together in places like this empty stadium.”
“I can’t wait to be together again,” she tweeted.
Hosted by actor Dwayne Johnson, the concert featured some of the biggest names in entertainment, performing at separate venues, to honor efforts to help protect the world’s most marginalized communities from the impacts of the pandemic.
“Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” included world leaders, corporates, and philanthropists responding to the campaign and announcing more than $1.5 billion in grants and $5.4 billion in loans for a total of more than $6.9 billion pledged to support COVID-19 relief and protect the most marginalized people from the pandemic’s impact.
In addition to her performance, Cyrus also sat down with Global Citizen to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on marginalized communities as well as the recent protests around the world.
“My generation is hungry for change and is leading that charge in many ways,” Cyrus said. “I’ve just been a student, over the last few months and especially over the few weeks in my home country. I’ve been a student of these organizers and being able to learn and educate myself. That’s kind of what my time is filled with at this moment, even through Global Citizen, just educating myself. I think that’s the first step to making change.”
Cyrus said she was honored to team up with Global Citizen now and in the future and would encourage her fans to do the same.
“Young people are using their voices every day to demand that change, and especially now in this activism, even though change is taking time, we want it to lead to lasting change,” she added. “Something that has been in my mind was wanting to go back to normal, but this ‘new’ normal of ‘We don’t want to go back to the way things were before. We want to go to a more improved, inspired way of life.’”