Special appearances by Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey & Renée Zellweger
CBS and the Recording Academy recently announced a new, two-hour special event “United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes,” hosted by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer and actor Harry Connick Jr., celebrating essential workers across America. The special will be broadcast Sunday, June 21 (8 p.m., ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The show features Connick and his filmmaker daughter, Georgia, as they take a road trip in an RV to thank and celebrate essential workers who risk their own lives on a daily basis to keep us safe. Connick highlights the contributions of these everyday heroes with the help of his celebrity friends, including Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey and Renée Zellweger, who deliver surprise messages to America’s unsung heroes. Additionally, the special will feature performances by Connick, Jon Batiste, Andra Day, John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, Rockin Dopsie, Irma Thomas and Trombone Shorty.
The Connicks’ journey begins at their home in Connecticut. After stopping in various cities along the way, they reach their final destination of New Orleans. At each stop, the father-daughter duo listens to the stories of essential workers in health care, food preparation, sanitation, law enforcement, trucking and more to honor their dedication and public service during this unique moment in history.
The two-hour special event culminates in Connick’s hometown of New Orleans, with moving musical performances by Connick, Trombone Shorty and Thomas at iconic locations throughout the city.
The special will invite donors to contribute to charities that support underserved children, such as No Kid Hungry and the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, as well as to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, a charitable organization of the Recording Academy.
Harry Connick Jr. and his daughter, Georgia (Photo by Paul [email protected] CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved.)