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Global Citizen Fest 2014: Jay Z, No Doubt Battle Poverty in NYC

Artists performed in Central Park while dignitaries like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the U.N.’s Ban Ki-moon enjoyed the show

Crowd at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

Crowd enjoying the day at the Global Citizen Festival, September 27th, 2014 in Central Park, New York.

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In 2012, the first Global Citizen Festival included Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys and John Legend. Now, two years later, the event expanded its tent to include Jay Z, Sting, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, Tiësto and the Roots. The tickets were free, so long as fans would "share content about three main themes: vaccines, education and sanitation" with the goal of bringing wider attention to global poverty. Here are our finest photos from the show.

Jay Z at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Politics as Usual

Jay Z closes out Global Citizen Fest. Less than a month after the close of their joint On the Run tour, Beyoncé made a surprise appearance during his set, helping him through "Young Forever" and "Holy Grail."

No Doubt at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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The True Queen of L.A. Punk

Snoop-approved Voice judge Gwen Stefani performs with No Doubt.

Sting at the Global Citizen Festival

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Every Little Thing He Does

Less than a week after participating in the People's Climate March, Sting performs at Global Citizen Fest.

Performing at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Maximal Crazy

Tiësto, global citizen par excellence, smiles during his afternoon DJ set.

The Roots at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Roots Rock

Black Thought, with drummer Questlove behind him, leads the Roots through their joyous set.

Alicia Keys at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Girl on Fire

Alicia Keys, baby in tow, addresses the crowd.

Carrie Underwood at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Blown Away

Carrie Underwood, Carrie Underwood's band and Carrie Underwood's smoke machine perform at Global Citizen Fest.

Concert goers at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Dancing With the Lights On

The Global Citizen Fest party continues even after the sun sets.

Alek Wek at the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Strike a Pose

Sudanese-British model Alex Wek enjoys the show.

Global Citizen Festival T-Shirts

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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American Apparel

Want to know who's coming up next? Just ask a friend to check your back.

The closing of the Global Citizen Festival

September 27, 2014. Global Citizen Festival, Great lawn of Central Park, NYC. Photogrphy by Margarita Corporan

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Closing Time

After a long day and beautiful night, the Global Citizen Festival comes to an end.