In pictures: NYC's comeback concert cut short

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A large crowd gathers in Central Park for the "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert."

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Updated 1732 GMT (0132 HKT) August 22, 2021

A large crowd gathers in Central Park for the "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert."

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Some of music's biggest names descended on New York City's iconic Central Park for the "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert" on Saturday to perform for a vaccinated crowd of 60,000.

The concert was meant to be "a celebration of New York City's comeback" after a challenging 17 months marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and to "promote health, safety, and equity," according to a news release for the show. It aired exclusively on CNN.

Nearly three hours after the event started, attendees were evacuated due to severe weather ahead of Hurricane Henri's anticipated Sunday landfall.

Earth, Wind and Fire perform a soundcheck ahead of the concert on August 21.

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Spectators wait for the concert to begin.

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Jennifer Hudson performs "Nessun Dorma."

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A staff member distributes free masks before the concert.

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Andrea Bocelli performs "O Sole Mio."

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A view of the crowd during the concert.

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Scorpio, Spliff Star, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, LL Cool J, and Remy Ma perform onstage.

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A member of the audience uses a phone to capture the moment.

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Guitar legend Carlos Santana performs "Maria Maria." Wyclef Jean joined Santana for the performance.

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The crowd cheers during the concert

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Arnel Pineda and Neal Schon of Journey perform "Don't Stop Believin'."

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Clouds build over the bandstand in Central Park.

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Barry Manilow is interrupted while performing onstage. The concert was suspended due to weather.

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A severe weather warning is displayed on a screen, asking audience members to seek shelter.

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Audience members begin to leave and take shelter from the weather.

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While there was hope the concert would resume if the weather let up, organizers made the decision not to resume.

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Members of the audience leave the concert in search of shelter from the storm.

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An empty stage is illuminated by the letters NYC.

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