LONDON – Blake Lively, Beyoncé, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Chastain and James Franco – these were just some of the many star-studded names at The Sound of Change Live, chipping in for the cause of women’s rights.

Held at London’s Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013, this benefit concert raised a grand total of US$4.3 million (approximately S$5.5 million) through ticket sales.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z perform show-stopping duet for Sound of Change 2013 benefit concert, Gucci
Chime for Change co-founders Salma Hayek Pinault,  Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
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Organised as part of the Gucci-led Chime for Change charitable initiative, all proceeds from The Sound of Change Live were donated to nonprofit organisations in over 70 countries. These charitable groups would then use the funds for projects to give aid to disadvantaged women and young girls.

Headlined by co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, the benefit concert featured a star-studded lineup that also saw singers like Rita Ora, Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine belting out tunes for a charitable cause.

In a spotlight-stealing moment, rapper Jay-Z made a surprise duet with wife and Chime for Change co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The two performed “Crazy in Love” together, with the couple affectionately kissing and hugging throughout the performance.

The husband-and-wife duo were not the only celebrity couples in attendance. Amongst the celebrity presenters of the night, Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan spoke out about the pertinent problems of gender inequality and called out for the need for change.

With the aim to help provide for more equal opportunities to all women worldwide, the benefit concert was held in support of women’s rights to education, health and justice.

As Madonna had proclaimed, “education should not be a luxury but a basic human right”. To get the ball rolling, the pop star pledged to help education activist Humaira Bachal fund the costs of building a school in Pakistan.

The fundraising continues online at www.chimeforchange.org, so spread the good word out and help make a difference to the lives of women and young girls in need.

Watch the highlights of The Sound of Change Live benefit concert in the video below.

The Sound of Change Live benefit concert was held on June 1, 2013 at London’s Twickenham Stadium. Find out more about how you can contribute to Chime for Change at www.chimeforchange.org.