The cover was presented and played by Chris Martin during the streaming event “Dear Class of 2020”, a live broadcast intended to replace the last day of the school year in the USA. The event was attended by many stars, from Taylor Swift to Lady Gaga, from BTS to Barack and Michelle Obama.
But among the many guests there were also Chris Martin and Bono, the U2 leader, who approved the British band’s plan and also introduced the new version of Beautiful Day, in addition to Coldplay and Finneas, who produced the song, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus (Miley’s younger sister), Tove Lo, Ty Dolla $ ign, Leon Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Ben Platt and Khalid.
By presenting the song, the singer also had the opportunity to reflect on the protests are taking place in major cities in the US following the death of 46-year-old African American George Floyd: “As an Irishman, I always believed that the United States of America was not just a country, but an idea, a dream that belongs to the whole world. But in recent times the world is reminded that the United States of America is an idea that no longer belongs to many Americans.”
“And for many black Americans, the torch of the Statue of Liberty is far from a beacon of hope. It is often a flashlight given in the face. There were storm clouds over Dublin when U2 recorded Beautiful day, things were not going as they should have been. The song told it and it was a kind of prayer about where we could go and the dream, how the United States is a dream, where we could find ourselves” he added: “Now we know that the United States of America is a song yet to be written. I hope the United States can be the greatest song the world has ever heard. It’s a crazy thought. And an even crazier thought is the hope that it is the 2020 class that makes it happen“.