Christina Aguilera is one of the first recording artists to get involved in the first US version of Red Nose Day. Sienna Miller is also taking part in the event as well. “Red Nose Day is almost like a national holiday in the UK. I’m thrilled it’s coming to the US,” Miller said in a statement. Other celebrities will be announced at a later date. The Red Nose Day charity event will air on NBC later this year.
The Red Nose Day charity in the United Kingdom, took place on March 13th. The event featured performances from Sam Smith, John Legend, and One Direction. Smith and Legend recorded a new version of the pop singer’s “Lay Me Down” song. All of the proceeds from the song sales went to the Red Nose charity. Smith said “Lay Me Down” held a very special place in his heart, and he was proud to be a part of the charity. The singer stated that he recently visited a Comic Relief funded event that supported the young LGBT community in London.
The first Red Nose Day was held in 1988, which coincided with the launch of National Day of Comedy. The charity is the main way Comic Relief raises their funds, which aims to put an end to poverty in Ethiopia. Since its inception, artists have contributed songs in support of the charity. Along with Smith and Legend, some of the artists who have also been involved in Red Nose Day include Cher, Eric Clapton, and Neneh Cherry (“Love Can Build a Bridge”), Spice Girls (“Mama” and “Who Do You Think You Are”), Right Said Fred (“Stick It Out”), Pet Shop Boys (“Absolutely Fabulous”), and One Direction (“One Way or Another [Teenage Kicks]”).
Besides the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Russia, Finland, and Iceland have all created their own versions of Red Nose Day. Australia’s charity aimed to raise funds for sudden infant death syndrome, also commonly referred to as SIDS. Over the years, Comic Relief has also provided funding for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2006, and homeless people throughout the United States. To date, Comic Relief has raised over $50 million dollars toward providing care for homeless people. The event entitled HBO Comic Relief, has aired on the network for a number of years. Comedians Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, and the late Robin Williams usually hosted the charity show.
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