Coldplay dedicated “Paradise” to Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died days after he was restrained with a chokehold by Colorado police officers in 2019, during their “Global Goal: Unite for Our Future” appearance on Saturday (June 27).
Kicking off their performance with an inspirational quote by Nelson Mandela that read, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears,” Coldplay went on to sing “Paradise” for the global virtual concert that aimed to shine a light on communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.
Joining from Los Angeles, the band members performed via an animated video and toward the end, the words “In memory of Elijah McClain” appeared.
The “Global Goal” fundraiser featured other artists like Miley Cyrus, Shakira, J Balvin, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Justin Bieber and Quavo, Chloe x Halle and Yemi Alade who took the virtual stage. Learn more about the Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign here.
Watch Coldplay’s performance below.