Last night, singer-songwriter John Legend hosted the Global Citizens award ceremony on NBC. The ceremony celebrates global activists across all avenues including business, entertainment, and government. Throughout the night, John Legend honored upstanding citizens of, well, the globe, for their work.
However, John Legend didn’t just host the event. He also performed with country music star Carrie Underwood, a ‘legend’ in her own right. The two sang while Legend played piano on the Christmas song, “Hallelujah” that they recorded together on Underwood’s Christmas album, My Gift.
Carrie Underwood and John Legend traded vocals for an absolutely breathtaking duet, harmonizing perfectly on the chorus. Both wore black outfits for the black-tie event, surrounded by glittering Christmas trees and snow.
As they harmonize on the line “Let there be peace on earth,” their voices and the piano are the only things in the world. For a moment, we can all truly believe that there will be peace on earth. How perfectly fitting for a Global Citizen awards ceremony where everyone in attendance fights for world peace every day.
Carrie Underwood Speaks on John Legend Performance
After the ceremony, Carrie Underwood talked about why she found the performance with John Legend so magical. The pair make an undeniably great team musically, and that shows on this instant Christmas classic. But for Underwood, the song and the performance go beyond just the music.
“I love this song because I feel like it encompasses so much about Christmas,” Underwood noted in a message. “You have this love aspect of it, it just feels like Christmas, it just makes you smile, and to say ‘Hallelujah’ is just beautiful.”
Underwood tells the truth in this statement. The song really does feel like Christmas. Underwood has an uncanny knack for creating songs that just feel like Christmas, and she proves it on her Christmas album, My Gift, and on this song with John Legend in particular.