In light of the divisive state of our country, DJ and producer Zedd hosted a benefit concert last night at the Staples Center titled ‘Welcome!’
Teaming up with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), he decided to donate all proceeds to the organization and their efforts to protect human rights.
Making sure to keep the roster diverse, he told Billboard that he “wanted artists from each genre to represent, because this whole thing is called ‘Welcome.’
We welcome everyone, no matter who you are or where you’re from.” The massive concert featured powerhouse artists like Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Daya, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Machine Gun Kelly, Macklemore, Miguel, Mija, Tinashe, Skrillex and of course, Zedd.
With Jared Leto and Hot 97’s Ebro were on hosting duties for the night, Zedd explains, “it was a mix of friends and people who have similar beliefs as I do.
The recent policy changes hit home for the Russian-born and German-raised traveling artist, who felt he had to use his voice while the issue was still a hot topic.
Not only did this message of unity get delivered to the thousands of fans in the Los Angeles arena, but the show was live streamed to thousands of others spanning around the globe.
The Mayer’s Office even honored the 27-year-old DJ with a plaque during the event for his fundraising efforts.
The night was stacked with amazing performances by the talented crew, full of live debuts and special collaborations.
Following the performance of her song with Martin Garrix, “In the Name of Love,” pop star Bebe Rexha reminded the crowd, “It does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty.”
Check out the video below for a fan-shot video of Camila Cabello and Machine Gun Kelly performing their hit “Bad Things” for the first time:
And if that wasn’t enough, the night ended with a moving performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”:
Prior to the event, Zedd told People, “Overall, I don’t want it to be a full on political event. I want this to be a concert and I want everybody who goes there to enjoy their time.
This is more supposed to be a message that all these artists stand by something, and I’m hoping this will mean something to the big platform we have and the responsibility that we, as artists, have with our following.”
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