Beyoncé to Perform at Sound for Change Concert in London

Bey takes time to raise awareness for issues impacting women.

Posted: 05/29/2013 11:23 AM EDT
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Beyoncé and Madonna have signed on for the upcoming "Sound for Change" charity concert in London this Saturday (June 1), Billboard reports. Bey will use her downtime from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to support the event aimed at raising awareness to a variance of issues affecting girls and women around the world.

Organized by Gucci's Chime for Change, the show will broadcast to 150 countries live from London's Twickenham sports stadium. NBC will air the event a day later on Sunday (June 2) night from 9-11 p.m. EST.

Jennifer Lopez, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding, John Legend and Timbaland have also been announced a performers.

"I am really happy that so many amazing artists and presenters have come together to support Chime for Change," Bey said. "Our goal is to have a great time together while we unite and strengthen the voices of girls and women around the world."

Following in a similar sentiment, Madonna noted the staggering statistics of girls and education."Sixty percent of the children in the world not in school are girls," she shared in a statement to Reuters. "Two-thirds of the world's illiterate are women. I do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this."

The Material Girl will be a presenter during the concert, joining a roster of internationally lauded figures like Bishop Desmond Tutu and Gloria Steinem.  
 
Chime for Change is a global campaign focused on key areas of education, health and justice. Alongside her set, Bey also acts as co-founder and artistic director of the campaign.


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