Here Are the Best At-Home Quarantine Performances You Can Still Watch

Program your own music festival from the comfort of your couch.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. King Princess

    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.

  3. Sam Smith

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    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.”

  4. Mariah Carey

    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.

  5. Christine and the Queens

    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.

  6. Troye Sivan

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    After covering Harry Styles’s “Cherry,” Troye Sivan kept it chill with a performance of his newest single “Take Yourself Home.”

  7. Adam Lambert

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    Though your heart may be breaking, Adam Lambert will make you smile.

  8. Ariana Grande

    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.

  9. Rufus Wainwright

    For Day 39 of his #RobeRecitals, Rufus Wainwright crooned his new cathartic single “Alone Time.”

  10. Brandi Carlile

    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.

  11. Patti LuPone

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. Melissa Etheridge

    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!

  14. Ben Platt

    Out Politican star Ben Platt and queer Booksmart actress Beanie Feldstein did “It Takes Two” from Into the Woods. Nuff said.

  15. Jennifer Lopez

    First a global pandemic, then J. Lo doing Babs’s “People.” Nothing makes sense anymore!

  16. Kim Petras

    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.

  17. Alex Newell

    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.

Detroit-ish based writer-editor, Meryl Streep stan. Thought I'd retire after Mariah Carey called me a "dahhling," but here I am.
@chrisazzopardi