Here’s Who Appeared at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival

By A.J. Katz 

The Global Citizen festival is taking place today on New York’s Great Lawn in Central Park.

MSNBC and NBC Universal serves as sponsors of the annual event, with Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, Ari Melber, Jacob Soboroff, Savannah Sellers co-hosting MSNBC’s coverage –including a simulcast of the event– beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

The event itself began at 4 p.m. ET.


NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt appeared on stage, rocking some nice shades while telling concertgoers to recycle. He also snagged an interview with guest performer John Legend for Nightly News.

The event serves as something of a rallying cry for activists around the world–global citizens–of all ages who are calling on world leaders to end extreme poverty across the globe by 2030.

But this year’s festival had a slightly different feel and tone. It comes with #MeToo serving as the backdrop, and the country is coming off of an emotional couple of days, highlighted by wall-to-wall coverage of the Judge Brett Kavanaugh-Dr. Christine Blasey Ford hearings, which took a lot out of people.

This is easily the most star-studded lineup from a musical standpoint.

The Weeknd and Janet Jackson are headlining, along with Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Janelle Monáe. A special guest performance is being given by Legend.


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Robert DeNiro, Coldplay’s Chris Martin were among the luminaries to appear on-stage and speak to the crowd.

Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware sat down with Chris Hayes at the festival: