Friday, 22 September, 2017

Star-studded 'Hand in Hand: Benefit for Hurricane Relief' telethon airs tonight

Hurricane Harvey Telethon Brings Out Drake, Nicki Minaj, Diddy & Every Celeb Ever Star-studded 'Hand in Hand: Benefit for Hurricane Relief' telethon airs tonight
Tracy Craig | 14 September, 2017, 01:18

Other famous faces who appeared during the telethon included Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Gwen Stefani, Dennis Quaid, Stephen Colbert, Diddy and Kerry Washington. By the following afternoon that number climbed to north of $44 million in contributions.

At the end of the night, it was announced that the telethon had raised over $14 million.

American celebs came out in droves to support the Hand in Hand broadcast - a telethon fundraiser to benefit victims of of Hurricane Harvey. Their story affected all who heard it and, no matter who we are, the differences we have suddenly did not seem to matter. "We're compassionate. We're unstoppable when we unite, when we join together hand-in-hand".

The quick-moving show took a form familiar to viewers since a sad template was set in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Cher and Oprah Winfrey encouraged donations by showing a widely-seen picture of people forming a human chain in Houston floodwaters in order to save a stranger. Several organizations will benefit, including the United Way and Save the Children. He performed a medley of songs from his impressive 42 year career with the help of other country music giants Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen. Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi belted out "Hallelujah" and Dave Matthews sang "Mercy".

There were also multiple musical performances, including a special collaborative cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Demi Lovato, Brad Paisley, and Darius Rucker, live from Nashville.

"During the time when it's impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when we think it couldn't possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives.", she began. Albertsons and Merck each gave $1 million to the cause as well. It will air September 12th at 8 p.m. ET (and then again at 8 p.m PT) on ABC, NBC, CBS, BET, Bravo, CMT, E!, Fox, HBO, iHeart Media, MTV, Oxygen, SiriusXM, Univision and Westwood One.

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