Many A-list stars took the time to honor essential workers in Harry Connick Jr.’s CBS special, United We Sing: A GRAMMY Tribute to the Unsung Heroes, on Sunday.
Some of the many A-listers who took part include Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Tim McGraw, Renee Zellweger, and more. The special featured Connick traveling around his hometown New Orleans to thank essential workers with the help of some celebrity friends tuned in via Zoom.
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Connick began the special by emphasizing the fact that it was filmed prior to the movement for racial justice across America. “Just so you know, this special was filmed a few weeks ago and since that time our world has changed,” Connick said during the show. “Our focus has broadened from the coronavirus to include a painful dialogue about racism in America.”
One of the guests on the special was Brad Pitt who shocked a sanitation worker named Darnell Rudolph with his appearance. “Man, I love the work you’ve done after Katrina,” Rudolph told Pitt referring to the 2005 hurricane that devastated New Orleans.
“That’s so appreciated, I’ve got such a love for that city, and we so appreciate what you’re doing,” Pitt replied.
Sandra Bullock is another celebrity guest who surprised public transportation worker, Joy Palmer, who recently lost her husband. “I think in isolation a lot of times people don’t realize how bright their light is, and I just wish you so much love and peace and understanding that your destiny’s a lot bigger than I think you imagined,” Bullock told Palmer.
Check out a few special clips from the United We Sing special below: