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The best performances at Global Citizen Festival 2015 in NYC

The biggest names in pop—from Beyoncé to Pearl Jam—turn out for the charitable Central Park festival

By Ro S

New York City hosts a slew of music festivals every year, but none quite match Global Citizen Fest's towering star power. Following Pope Francis's motorcade cruise the previous evening, Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and other pop luminaries descended on Central Park last Saturday alongside a veritable who's-who of public figures and celebrity hosts (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joe Biden, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Obama). Unsurprisingly, the big-name talent drew a crowd: More than 60,000 gathered for the free event that seeks to spark action and raise funds to further the UN's project of eradicating global poverty by 2030. Here are our favorite moments from Global Citizen Festival 2015 NYC.

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Global Citizen Festival 2015 NYC

1. Beyoncé and Michelle Obama share a hug

2. Beyoncé's duet with Ed Sheeran


3. Common and Sting team up for “Every Breath You Take”

4. Beyoncé and Pearl Jam cover Bob Marley


5. Ariana Grande performs with Coldplay on stage


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