New York’s biggest stars came together on Monday night (May 11) for Rise Up New York!, a virtual telethon to benefit the state’s citizen heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mariah Carey kicked off the show with an inspiring mashup of her 2002 song, “Through the Rain,” and 1991’s “Make It Happen.”
“New York, I know we’re strong enough to get through this,” she encouraged her hometown before delving into the performance.
The benefit hosted by Tina Fey, will also feature special appearances from some other famous New York natives: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Michael Strahan, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Sting, Karlie Kloss, Angie Mar, Barbra Streisand, Ben Platt, Bette Midler, N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chris Rock, Christopher Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, David Chang, Idina Menzel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Fallon, Julianne Moore, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robert De Niro, Spike Lee, Sutton Foster, Trevor Noah, New York Giants Super Bowl champions Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Phil Simms, as well as frontline workers sharing their real-life accounts.
See Carey’s performance below.