George Clooney (pictured left in a pic I got of him this past September at TIFF), spearheaded tonight's Hope For Haiti Now telethon which aired on all major U.S. networks. The two-hour show was a star-studded spectacle which included the likes of Alicia Keys, John Legend, Anderson Cooper, Madonna, Beyoncé, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, U2, Jay-Z and many, many more.
Actors, singers and everyday people impacted personally by the disaster in Haiti took turns speaking about how we can aid the cause with our donations. There were many genuinely touching moments like Julia Roberts accepting a donation over the phone from a nurse who was eager to go to Haiti to assist in medical aid. Also, we were treated to many amazing musical performances with highlights such as Aguilera performing Lift Me Up from her soon-to-be released album Bionic, Hudson's rendition of Let It Be (The Beatles) and my favourite performance of the evening, Beyoncé's Halo in which she personalized the lyrics specifically to Haiti. And yes, that was Coldplay's Chris Martin accompanying her on keys. Madonna performing Like a Prayer and pride of Haiti Wyclef Jean, each provided a couple of the rare uplifting moments on the broadcast.
Donate to Hope for Haiti Now from anywhere in the world by visiting their website for details. The musical performances can be downloaded as an album on iTunes on January 25, 2010. Visit http://itunes.com/haiti for details. All proceeds will be going towards Haiti's relief efforts.
You can watch Beyoncé's outstanding performance of Halo with Chris Martin below (audio content owned by Sony Music):