Coronavirus: Post Malone's Nirvana tribute concert raises $500,000 to fight COVID-19

Heavily-tattooed rapper Post Malone may have seemed an unlikely candidate to front a Nirvana tribute gig, but the live-streamed concert raised at least US$500,000 for the World Health Organisation. 

The 'Wow' hitmaker's 15-song set got the seal of approval from late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain's ex-wife Courtney Love and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. 

Love said the performance gave her goosebumps, while Noveselic said he didn't think Malone, who was flanked by Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, bassist Brian Lee and guitarist Nick Mack, "could play any better". 

The four musicians played iconic Nirvana anthems such as 'Come As You Are', 'Heart-Shaped Box' and 'About A Girl', but chose not to cover the band's biggest song, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. 

The exact amount of money the gig reportedly raised for World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has varied. CNN reports a YouTube Music spokesperson put the figure at US$500,000, while other outlets such as TMZ and Entertainment Weekly claim between US$1 and a whopping US$2.8 million was collected in donations.