Carrie Underwood performs at 2009 CNN Heroes
I had a feeling that Carrie’s song would reach a global audience like this the first time I heard it. It is interesting to me that CNN has brought on leading performers to share their celebratory and uplifting songs during the Heroes recognitions. These performances go to show that music is a shared experience that can be used to raise awareness, inspire, and celebrate the achievements of those committed to making a change in the world.
I am shocked that CNN has not asked Nickelback to perform “If Everyone Cared” since the music video gives a visual history of major developments in global humanitarian efforts.
From a cultural studies perspective, I’m fascinated with the large ripple effects one individual can have. For instance, look at the results from Bob Geldof’s drive to start Live Aid in 1984. I can only imagine the confusion that struck many people as they heard that a rock musician was attempting to fight world hunger.