If you can’t bring yourself to do anything right now but watch your queer pop idols—and divas and screen icons and Meryl Streep—sing at home in their bathrobes, you won’t be surprised to find out that you’re in luck. Everywhere you look, someone whose concert you were supposed to go to (until COVID-19 ruined that for you too) is performing benefit shows or one-offs in front of a screen.
Here are some of the best at-home performances you can watch, well, at home.
Lady Gaga and Celine Dion
It took a pandemic, but Celine Dion and Lady Gaga finally performed together during Global Citizen’s Gaga-curated One World: Together at Home concert special.
King Princess performed a three-song set—”Isabel’s Moment” (which she said spoke to “quarantine thirstiness”), “Prophet,” and “Homegirl”—for NPR’s newly launched Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series.
Sam Smith’s latest album was delayed due to the pandemic, but that didn’t stop them from going gospel for a cover of Lauryn Hill’s rouser “Joyful Joyful” from Sister Act 2 ,and tugging at your heartstrings with a performance of their ballad “Lay Me Down.”
Mariah Carey blessed us with COVID-era lyrics to her comeback party anthem “It’s Like That.” Perched on an elliptical, she aptly tweaked them, singing, “I came to work out, quarantine’s got me stressed out.” She delivered something special yet again with “Hero,” giving her lambs a good, collective cry.
Christine and the QueensView this post on Instagram
I thought it’d be nice to share with you this @theweeknd cover I just worked on, because I guess I can’t help it, on a stage or everywhere else I can push the furniture :) Thank you @glblctzn and @who for inviting me to perform live yesterday for the #togetherathome series. Love you all and let’s stay in touch #ensembleàlamaison ps : the shoes are having a STRONG moment in the comments so I have to tag @rogervivier
In two of many videos posted to her IG, Christine and the Queens gave off David Bowie vibes for her performance of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights.” Doing her part, she also offered aspirational living-room dance moves to all of us in quarantine.
After covering Harry Styles’s “Cherry,” Troye Sivan kept it chill with a performance of his newest single “Take Yourself Home.”
Though your heart may be breaking, Adam Lambert will make you smile.
Say what you will about the coronavirus––and there’s a lot to be said––but there’s at least this silver lining: It inspired Ariana Grande to get back in touch with her musical-theater roots with her performance of “Still Hurting” from The Last Five Years.
Rufus WainwrightView this post on Instagram
Hi everyone! Welcome to Day 39 of #Quarantunes, our #MusicalEverydays #RobeRecitals series. Thank you to everyone who tuned in for our special Quarantunes LIVE performance today! For anyone who missed it or would like to see it again, this is my first-ever performance of my brand new single since its release today. That’s right, today’s song is: #AloneTime! It is my distinct pleasure to make this song yours now. I hope it brings you the peace of mind that we all so desperately need in this time of quarantine. Someone on the live chat asked what the significance of the wave emoji was that I’ve been putting in the posts. The answer is that this music to me feels like the running of a river, a wave in the ocean, a ripple in a pond. Let it wash over you or just sparkle in the sunlight. Thank you again, and we’ll see you tomorrow for our next #SongADay. ❤️
For Day 39 of his #RobeRecitals, Rufus Wainwright crooned his new cathartic single “Alone Time.”
Singing his song “Hello in There,” later covered by Bette Midler, out Grammy winner Brandi Carlile gave late folk icon John Prine a loving send-off after he died of COVID in early April.
Patti LuPone doesn’t need a Broadway stage to perform “With One Look” as Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd., a role that went to Glenn Close for the production’s NYC run in 1994. In full Norma garb, the star of Ryan Murphy’s latest Netflix series Hollywood reprised the role she originated in London in her Connecticut basement, where she’s been sharing deliciously zany videos of her in lockdown.
The Legends Who Lunch
Need some company? Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski and Audra MacDonald have you covered—at home, drinking, singing “The Ladies Who Lunch.” IN THEIR ROBES. I’ll drink to that.
Don’t come to her window—seriously, stay home—but every day at 3 p.m. PST, Melissa Etheridge performs a set that her wife, Linda Wallem, records. And on Twitter, she’s taking fan requests!
Out Politican star Ben Platt and queer Booksmart actress Beanie Feldstein did “It Takes Two” from Into the Woods. Nuff said.
First a global pandemic, then J. Lo doing Babs’s “People.” Nothing makes sense anymore!
When she performed during The Stonewall Inn Gives Back benefit (she’s at the 9-minute and 45-second mark), Kim Petras knew exactly what you needed to get through this mess: an acoustic Paris Hilton cover.
During GLAAD’s Together in Pride fundraiser, Alex Newell belted out Destiny’s Child’s “Stand Up for Love” (to get right to it, skip to the 1-hour and 13-minute mark) and Kesha sang “Rainbow” (at 1-hour and 38 minutes). We can’t hug everyone we want to hug right now, but both of these performances at least felt like one.