On Friday night, over 100 of Hollywood’s biggest stars joined arms for Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. The commercial-free telethon was organized and hosted by George Clooney and broadcast on over two dozen TV channels. While stars like Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymoore and Julia Roberts and Leonardo DiCaprio manned the phones to take donations from Los Angeles, others pitched in with satellite performances from across the globe. In London, Bono, Rihanna and Jay-Z performed “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)”, a song written specifically for the cause. And from New York came a duet of “Halo” by Beyonce and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and emotional ballads from Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige.
UPDATE: The live broadcast helped to raise over $57 million so far, a record for donations made through a disaster-relief telethon.