John Legend performed on one of the six Hibaku Pianos, which survived the 1945 atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway on Monday night (11Dec17).
The singer/songwriter played his hit All of Me and Oscar-winning Selma movie theme Glory during his headlining spot at the Telenor Arena, and he was joined onstage by Swedish star Zara Larsson for a tender cover of The Beach Boys’ God Only Knows.
Throughout the gig, Legend sat at the 85-year-old piano that has become a symbol for peace.
When the United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima in August, 1945, everything within the blast radius was destroyed, except the Yamaha upright piano. Shards of glass can still be seen in the black lacquer.
David Oyelowo hosted this year’s Nobel Peace Prize concert, which honored the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.