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Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Usher and Fall Out Boy Among Headliners for D.C.'s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day in April

by Kimberley Richards   Mar 5, 2015 13:27 PM EST

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Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, My Morning Jacket and Train will headline Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day in Washington, D.C., in April.

The Global Citizen Festival has been a massive event in New York's Central Park for the past three years. Now Washington, D.C., will host the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day Saturday, April 18, on the National Mall.

On the Global Citizen Earth Day's page, Will.i.am and Soledad O'Brien are listed as the hosts of the big event with special guest appearances by Common and D'Banj.

The event will take place on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.

The organizers said, "Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day comes during a pivotal time to protect the planet and ensure that world leaders address key issues facing the next generation."

The timing of this event is aimed to coincide with the spring meetings for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in order to bring policymakers, NGOs, industry executives and high-profile artists together.

The participants and performers believe in its message. According to Billboard, the following statements were released by headliners No Doubt and Usher.

"Last year we rocked with 60,000 global citizens in Central Park, all committed to ending extreme poverty. We now help bring this movement to the nation's capital, this time with a focus on climate change and its inexorable effect on the world's poor. We owe it to our children to protect our planet and their futures," No Doubt released.

Usher, whom Billboard also reported was key in bringing Blige and Common on board, had this to say:

"Music has long had the ability to motivate generations and inspire movements. I'm proud to lend my voice to the call to end extreme poverty, solve climate change, and educate our youth on such a historic stage."

The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will take place Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, D.C., It is a free event.

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