NF started his set inside a huge cage, exactly like the one on the cover of his album Perception. The musician donned a hoodie as he eventually climbed to the top of the cage before sitting on the edge of it, clearly not concerned about falling. He was joined by a shopping cart and a bunch of black balloons onstage, and performed his big hits "Lie" and "Let You Down," which had the crowd singing along so loudly that NF didn't even need to sing parts of the chorus -- he left it up to them.
Charlie Puth Wows With Keytar
Charlie Puth rolled through crowd favorites such as "Done For Me," "We Don't Talk Anymore" and "See You Again," his smash collaboration with Wiz Khalifa. During "How Long," Puth picked up a keytar and went crazy with a groovy solo that the crowd went wild for. The Bowl's stage holds a special significance for him, as it brings him back to his pre-fame days, which he recalled for the audience: "Who knew that four years later I'd be performing at this amazing place, a short walk from where I first lived in L.A.?"
Meghan Trainor Shares Her Thoughts on the Power of Music
We caught up with Meghan Trainor backstage, who shared why she was so deeply inspired by the event. "I recently went to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and I went to their Music Therapy section," she told Billboard. "They had a person who was very ill and couldn't speak. Before they learned how to speak again -- they would sing, they would finish a sentence through a song. I was close to tears. That's some crazy science right there. But music is a cure and can cure."
When asked about new music, she stated, "I have a lot more songs coming! But that's my problem: I'm in a lot of moods lately. I can't stop writing, which is great, but music is an emotion and that to me is therapy." She also met cancer survivors backstage and said she felt like a major fangirl when she met them, telling one woman who survived stage four cancer that felt like she was meeting a "real-life superhero."
G-Eazy Praises Music's Ability to Bring People Together
G-Eazy, who has performed previously at this event, shared his thoughts on the great cause with Billboard before his performance. "I think that's just the nature of music itself -- it's the universal language that ties us together right?" he said. "It's like music can connect with people whether or not you speak a language or whether or not you're familiar with the rhythm or the culture from which it comes from. Music is one of those things that can transcend and connect us. It can even... bring together all these artists and these fans that can really celebrate something that's so important."
Shawn Mendes Sings With Khalid
Shawn Mendes took the stage halfway through the show and opened with his hit "There's Nothing Holding Me Back." He later slowed it down to perform a stunning cover of Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody." His guitar strap even broke early in his set, but just like a pro, he opted to ditch it and carried on with the performance. Khalid, who was also performing that night, joined Mendes on stage for their collaboration, "Youth."
Tyga Brought Out Chris Brown
Rapper Tyga brought huge energy to the stage with some of his biggest hits including "Rack City," "Taste," "SWISH" and more. Fans went wild when he brought Chris Brown to the stage, as the two have been rumored to be collaborating on a new project.
G-Eazy and Marshmello Closed the Show
G-Eazy and Marshmello were the last two acts of the show, and surprise guest Anthony Russo joined G-Eazy on stage. G-Eazy performed "Him & I," and while Halsey didn't make an appearance, the audience sang her part of the duet loud enough to fill in for her. The singer also performed his 2015 hit "Me, Myself & I." Marshmello wrapped up the night with a wild display of lights and colors as he showed off his high energy EDM beats and played his hit "Happier," which had the entire audience jumping and singing along. The night ended in an explosion of color and music, quite literally, with fireworks to bring the evening to an end.