He certainly entertained us, and did a whole lot of good as well. Post Malone‘s Nirvana tribute livestream performance on April 24 has raised more than $800,000 for the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO so far, YouTube Music spokesperson Lauren Resnick tells Billboard.
Per the video-sharing service — which Google owns — that amount also includes Google.org’s match of $2 for every $1 donated, up to $5 million. The $4.4 million amount that currently appears under the progress bar on the page for the rapper’s performance actually “represents the aggregate of total funds raised and matched for the UN Foundation campaign” so far on YouTube, Resnick explains.
During his 80-minute, 15-song set, the Nirvana fan performed many of the iconic Seattle grunge band’s biggest hits, including most of the songs from Nevermind, “Heart-Shaped Box,” “Lithium,” and “About a Girl.” Joining him — while socially distanced, of course — for his at-home set were Blink-182‘s Travis Barker on drums, Nick Mac on guitar and Brian Lee on bass.
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic tweeted his excitement throughout the set, saying he was “so proud” of the performers. “I don’t think these fellows can play any better,” he later added. “They are on fire!”
Courtney Love, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s widow, gave Malone her blessing when the show was announced. “I approve the usage,” the Hole frontwoman shared April 22 on Instagram. “Good luck mr malone.”
You can donate to the United Nation Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund through June 30.
Watch Post Malone’s full Nirvana tribute set below.
Though Malone’s tribute hasn’t yet hit the $1 million mark, the rapper tweeted his gratitude on Wednesday (April 29), and also reminded followers that he wants to help fans donate to their favorite causes, and is offering up his own funds for them to give. “Thanks to everyone that watched the stream the other day & helped raise some money & kick some ass!” he shared. “I want to donate a million dollars but need your help doing it:)) text me 817-270-6440.”
thanks to everyone that watched the stream the other day & helped raise some money & kick some ass! I want to donate a million dollars but need your help doing it:)) text me 817-270-6440
— Posty (@PostMalone) April 29, 2020