Bono Introduces All-Star ‘Beautiful Day’ Cover Featuring FINNEAS, Leon Bridges & More
U2’s Bono introduced an all-star collaborative rendition of “Beautiful Day” featuring FINNEAS, Leon Bridges and several others. The performance was part of YouTube’s Dear Class Of 2020 graduation special.
In addition to Finneas and Bridges, others who participated in the cover of “Beautiful Day” were Chris Martin of Coldplay, Camila Cabello, Cynthia Erivo, Noah Cyrus, Tove Lo, Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign and Ben Platt. The YouTube special also featured appearances by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Lizzo and more.
Read the text of Bono’s introduction and watch the all-star performance of “Beautiful Day” below:
As an Irishman, I’ve always believed that America is not just a country, it’s an idea. It’s a dream that belongs to the whole world. Now, I know in recent times the world has been reminded that America is an idea that doesn’t even belong to a lot of Americans and that for many black Americans, Lady Liberty’s torch is far from a beacon of hope, it’s often a flashlight in the face.
Now, there were storm clouds over Dublin when U2 recorded “Beautiful Day.” Things were not as they might have been. But the song is not a description of where we were at. It was a prayer for where we could go, and a dream, like America is a dream of what might be.
We now know that America is a song yet to be written. That America might be the greatest song the world has never heard. It’s a wild thought: that America is yet to exist. And even wilder that the class of 2020 might be the very people to bring it into being, after 244 years striving for freedom, sometimes marching, sometimes protesting, sometimes on your knees, sometimes taking the knee, you get there. You get there.
I don’t know how, but I know who: you. You can vault the barricades of bigotry and with your vote you can dismantle institutions that uphold that bigotry and are in your way. You can enter America. You can enter America, we will all enter with you, but it’s gonna be you, and that, that is going to be a beautiful day.