Dozens of TV networks and websites broadcast the “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon live tonight.
For two commercial-free hours this evening, A-list musicians like Bono, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake performed inspiring songs from New York, Los Angeles and London studios.
“The Haitian people need our help,” said George Clooney, at the opening of the show. “They need to know that they’re not alone. They need to know that we still care.”
More celebrities — including Jack Nicholson, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg and Ringo Starr — manned the phones, thanking fans for their donations while Anderson Cooper contributed news reports from Haiti.
The tone of the show was serious but hopeful as the phone number (877-99-HAITI) and the Web site (HopeForHaitiNow.org) where people could donate scrolled along the bottom of the screen.
Some of the highlights of the show included Springsteen playing the folk classic “We Shall Overcome,” introducing it as “a small prayer for Haiti”, Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris’s version of “Hallelujah”, and Jennifer Hudson singing “Let It Be.”
Haiti-born Wyclef Jean closed the show by giving an emotional speech about traveling to the country to “pull my friends from the rubble.”
“From the ashes, we shall rise,” he pledged.
Donations will go to Oxfam America, the Red Cross, UNICEF and other organizations working on earthquake relief. Recordings of all the performances from tonight’s show will be available on iTunes and all proceeds will also be donated to Haiti relief.
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