Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, and Pharrell Williams Condemn Hate with Concert for Charlottesville
Weeks after protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly and ignited nationwide outrage, a few of our favorite musicians teamed up to offer a healing hand to the community with song.
On Sunday, well-known stars, like Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, and Pharrell Williams rallied behind Dave Matthews Band, as they put on an emotional Concert for Charlottesville at the University of Virginia.
Dave Matthews Band, who headlined the event, memorably joined Stevie Wonder for a stirring rendition of John Legend's "Imagine," while Timberlake pushed for progress with a political set list, including his own take on the 1964 civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come."
Pharrell made perhaps the biggest statement of all, condemning president Donald Trump's recent criticism of NFL players kneeling as a sign of protest during the national anthem. "If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that's what this flag is for," the musician said as he knelt on the stage, before launching into crowd favorites like, "Get Lucky" and "Happy."
In addition to performances, the event welcomed Susan Bro, who tragically lost her daughter Heather Heyer during the violent protests, on-stage. "By raising our voices against hatred, you make Heather's death count … and her brief life mean even more," she said. "Sing your hearts out!"
We couldn't have said it better ourselves!