2019 Global Citizen Festival: Everything you need to know about the star-studded evening

 

On Saturday, over 60,000 people united at Manhattan's Central Park for the annual 2019 Global Citizen Festival, where world leaders were honored for their efforts in the mission to end extreme poverty by 2030.

 

This year's star-studded event, hosted by Hugh Jackman, was headlined by Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic. "Bohemian Rhapsody" star Rami Malek introduced Queen with Adam Lambert to close out the night with some of the band's most iconic songs such as "We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions," "Somebody to Love," and more.

 

Other special performances included the legendary Carole King, who performed "Where You Lead" alongside Kelly Clarkson, as well as French Montana, H.E.R, Ben Platt, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio shocked the crowd with a surprise appearance for a powerful speech on the climate movement, where he introduced three young leaders to the stage - Alexandria Villaseñor, Xiye Bastida, and Selina Neirok Leem.

 

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US singers Carole King (L) and Kelly Clarkson perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Alicia Keys performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Katie Holmes (L) and Proctor & Gamble President Feminine Care Jennifer Davis speak onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Amina Mohammed (L) and Chris Martin speak onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Roger Taylor, Rami Malek, and Brian May attend the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Alicia Keys performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
US actor Leonardo DiCaprio smiles as he speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Pharrell performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US-Israeli actress Natalie Portman speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Rami Malek speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Laverne Cox speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Kal Penn (L) and US television presenter Bill Nye speak onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Pharrell performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness (L) and husband Australian actor Hugh Jackman look on onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US rapper French Montana performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Rachel Brosnahan speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Anna Kendrick speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor and singer Ben Platt performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
CEO of Verizon Communications Hans Vestberg speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Carole King performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US-Somali model and actress Iman speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer and television presenter Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Dakota Johnson speaks onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer-songwriter H.E.R. performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer-songwriter H.E.R. performs onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean boy band NCT 127 perform onstage at the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park in New York on September 28, 2019. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Laverne Cox (2nd R) speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu and UN General Assemby 74th President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande speak onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans and Rami Malek attend the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Adam Lambert and Brian May of Queen perform onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Savannah Sellers attends the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Parkwood Entertainment, BeyGOOD Director, Ivy McGregor (C) speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Adam Lambert, Brian May, and Roger Taylor perform onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Brian May of Queen performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Joy Reid speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Pharrell Williams performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Cisco EVP and CPO Fran Katsoudas and Founder & Executive Director Youth Leadership & Food for Education Wawira Njiru speak onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Leonardo DiCaprio speaks onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Jaehyun, Taeyong, and Mark of NCT 127 perform onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Becky G attends the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Daniela Pierre Bravo attends the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Natalie Portman attends the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Angelique Kidjo attends the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness attend the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
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Laverne Cox also took the stage to pay tribute to pioneering AIDS nurses, while Natalie Portman called upon the crowd to sign her petition to help wipe out three diseases that affect the world’s most vulnerable people by 2030. 

 

Taraji. P. Henson, Katie Holmes, Dakota Johnson, Rachel Brosnahan, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Martin were just a few of the other big names who showed up to voice the need to take action. Check out photos from the powerful evening in the gallery above.

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