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Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer & Metallica to Headline Global Citizen Festival

Rihanna performs during her "Anti World Tour"
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Rihanna performs during her "Anti World Tour" at Barclays Center on March 27, 2016 in New York City.

This year’s Global Citizen Festival is set to bring in a whole army of citizens to the Great Lawn in Central Park on Sept. 24, 2016. Headlining the festival for 2016 will be Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer and Metallica.

Joining the headliners are special guest performances by UsherColdplay's Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, Eddie Vedder, Yandel and Yusuf/Cat Stevens. The festival will be hosted by Chelsea Handler, Deborra-lee & Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek Pinault and Seth Meyers.

The festival gives people the opportunity to earn tickets by promoting and advocating for a quality education for all, including refugee children and girls around the world. People everywhere are invited to take actions and enter the prize draws for free tickets at www.globalcitizenfestival.com. In total, almost 50,000 free tickets to the festival will be given out to Global Citizens. 

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"Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken more than 6 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty - actions that are set to affect the lives of over 650 million of the world's most marginalized people. This year's festival - and this incredible lineup - is an annual touch point to hold our world leaders to account on their commitments to solve the world's biggest problems," said Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen.

“We're honored to be a part of this year's Global Citizen Festival and the initiative to end global poverty. We're humbled to join such an impressive lineup and to be working with a Festival so dedicated to education and raising awareness,” said Major Lazer.

Ellie Goulding said, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Global Citizen movement. I hope to shine a spotlight on the importance of protecting our environment and ensuring access to safe water in the fight against global poverty. Together we can use our voices to urge our leaders to take action and support the health and development of citizens everywhere and preserving the world for future generations.”

Yandel said, "I'm truly grateful to be part of the Global Citizen Festival this year and to have the opportunity to lend my voice and bring awareness to the many issues affecting children, women, and our society as a whole. I want to encourage my fans all over the world to join us and help us make a difference in the world.”

Yusuf/Cat Stevens said, “While much of the world's great cities are becoming no-go areas and ruins besieged by fear and divisive conflicts, it’s great to see a global counter-movement for peace through rebalancing of wealth beyond politics and towards human equality.”

“I am proud and excited to be a part of such an important movement with Global Citizen,” said Chelsea Handler. “The Festival helps bring serious issues into the broader conversation and encourages people to take action. This year’s focus is women and girls, which is such a prevalent topic in our society, I hope lending my voice and my action to this can help to positively impact those.”

Deborra-lee & Hugh Jackman said, "We are so happy to be returning as hosts for another amazing Global Citizen Festival. The impact this organization continues to deliver for the world's poor is tremendous and we can't wait to see the tens of thousands of activists who took action and showed up for extreme poverty celebrating their achievements on the lawn of Central Park!"

The fifth Annual Global Citizen Festival brings back producer Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards) to put on a show that will shed light on the festival’s Education Campaign.

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MSNBC will return as a partner, airing a live simulcast of the concert on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. Other partners include YouTube (livestreaming the concert at YouTube.com/GlobalCitizen) and iHeartRadio (digitally streaming the audio of the festival on iHeartRadio.com and their app). 

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