Who’s ready for this year’s Global Citizens Festival?
Cardi B, Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and The Weeknd will headline this year’s event, returning to Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York City on Saturday, Sept. 29. After hosting last year’s show, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness are also coming back. John Legend will give a special performance during the festival, which will again air in full on MSNBC, E!’s sister network. More performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
“This year’s Global Citizen Festival has an amazing lineup of artists, hosts, and partners, and we could not be more thankful to them for their help in the fight to end extreme poverty. Activists and music fans will come together to call on world leaders to address some of our biggest problems, like improving the maternal health crisis, ending child marriage and reducing the use of plastics,” Stephen Brown, Senior Director, Global Partnerships at Global Citizen, tells E! News in a statement. “This year, Global Citizens will also call on U.S. leaders to resist cuts to the American aid budget and end the criminalization of poverty by restricting and eliminating cash bail policies. It is a crucial year in which we all must speak up for policies that will help us achieve the global goals, and show up in the voting booth to hold our leaders accountable.”