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Coronavirus relief? Fox to present 'Living Room Concert for America'

Chuck Barney
The Mercury News (TNS)

Need a break from all the grim pandemic news? Here's a ray of light: The Fox network on Wednesday announced that it will present "The iHeart Living Room Concert for America."

Hosted by Elton John, the offbeat musical event is intended to "provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic."

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The show will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes, filmed with their personal cellphones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

The concert will air in the iHeartRadio Music Awards' original broadcast timeslot — Sunday, March 29, from 9-10 p.m. ET /6-7 p.m. PT on Fox — and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as via the iHeartRadio app. The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free.

Elton John will host "The iHeart Living Room Concert for America" on Sunday.

In addition to featuring music, Fox said the hourlong concert will pay tribute to the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm's way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus. It also will encourage viewers to support two of the many charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.

To extend the reach of the commercial-free special's charitable component, Fox will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms.

Additional details and performers to be announced soon. For more information, visit iHeart.com/LivingRoomConcert.