Watch Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Ariana Grande Perform at Charlottesville Charity Concert

Lawrence Kim
September 25, 2017

The protests occurred in the music world as well, first with Stevie Wonder at the Global Citizen Festival in NY, and late Sunday Pharrell joined the fray at the Concert For Charlottesville. (You can watch the moment at 11:34 in the video below.) "If I wanted to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state".

Williams' gesture echoed that of U.S. athletes including NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneels during the national anthem at football games in an effort to draw attention to racial injustice.

It was a weekend full of political protests, thanks in part to Donald Trump's comments on NFL players protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem.

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in violent protests in Charlottesville on August 12, also made an appearance at the beginning of the concert.

Bro told the crowd the concert was a "powerful and peaceful" way to come together and turn anger into action and understanding. "Sing your hearts out!"

"I wanna get on my knees right now", Williams said while performing at the concert, an event hosted by Dave Matthews Band promoting unity in the wake of last month's deadly white supremacist protests and clashes in the Virginia town. It was organized by the Dave Matthews Band, who formed in Charlottesville in 1991.

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