The star-studded “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief,” which aired live on 15 networks Tuesday night, raised over $44 million for those affected by recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
In a live broadcast from New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Antonio, the hurricane relief telethon featured appearances from celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, Justin Timberlake, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Tyler Perry, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey.
Hand in Hand Hurricane relief telethon Credit: MTV
Stevie Wonder, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Usher, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, CeCe Winans and Miranda Lambert were a few of the musicians who performed during the event.
Beyoncé, a native of Houston, urged viewers to donate in an emotional plea for unity and raise the awareness of climate change in a pre-recorded message.
“During a time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes,” she said.
“And countless families are now homeless. In my home town city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies. And, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids new books and toys so they can continue to dream. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social, and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity.
“Please, give what you can. The effects of climate change are playing out around the world every day. Just this past week, we’ve seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, and multiple catastrophic hurricanes. Irma alone has left a trail of death and destruction from the Caribbean to Florida to southern United States. We have to be prepared for what comes next.”
Houston rapper Bun B and Scooter Braun organized the hurricane relief benefit
For more information on how to donate, visit Hand in Hand’s website.
Watch the “Hand in Hand” in its entirety below.