Pharrell, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake and More Unite at A Concert for Charlottesville
A number of music stars lent their power during A Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity in Virginia over the weekend. They united at the benefit concert, which was hosted by Dave Matthews Band, to raise money for charity and promote unity in the aftermath of white nationalist rallies earlier this summer.
Pharrell Williams was one of the headliners. Backed by The Roots, the singer showed off his commanding aura while performing some of his smash hits, including “Feels”, “Get Lucky”, “Freedom”, “Happy” and “Blurred Lines”. The packed crowd at University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium sang along with him and grooved to the music during the lively set.
Despite the cheerful vibes, there was a touching moment during Pharrell’s set. The R&B star showed his stance against racism as he dropped to his knees onstage in the middle of his performance. “If I want to get on my knees right now for the people in my city…for the people in my state–that’s what that flag is for,” he said.
Pharrell kneeling at the show came just a few days after some football, baseball and tennis players knelt or sat during the playing of the National Anthem as a protest to police brutality and injustice towards people of color. The gesture was recently criticized by president Donald Trump.