Underwood sang her current single “Something in the Water” and was joined onstage by the Edge, U2’s guitarist, for “Change,” a track from her 2009 album, Play On.
“I am so honored to be a part of this amazing night, marking what we truly believe is the beginning of the end of AIDS. And, of course, none of this would be possible without all of your support.”
The event was staged to call attention to the continued fight against AIDS throughout the world.
“This year, for the first time, more people were put on lifesaving medicine than were diagnosed (with the disease),” former President Bill Clinton told the crowd. “We are going to win this battle.”
U2 bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. also performed during the event. Springsteen and Martin filled in for Bono, the band’s vocalist who is recuperating in Dublin following a bike accident in New York’s Central Park.
West performed a 10-minute medley featuring “Jesus Walks,” “Black Skinhead” and “Touch the Sky.” Springsteen joined the three members of U2 to perform the band’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Martin opted for U2’s “Beautiful Day” and “With or Without You.”
Underwood, who is pregnant with her first child, is scheduled to make a Dec. 13 appearance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. That night’s lineup will also include Kacey Musgraves, Emmylou Harris, Kree Harrison and Craig Morgan.