Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and Leonardo DiCaprio lead huge crowd of A-listers to help raise money for Hurricane victims
On September 12th, the Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief charity telethon brought together a bounty of A-list celebrities to help raise money for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which wreaked havoc across Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.
Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Cher, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson were among those who helped raise $14.5m (£11m) during the hour-long event.
Want more names? Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Adam Sandler and Matthew McConaughey also took part.
Stevie Wonder opened the show, singing Bill Withers’ Lean on Me backed by a gospel choir, before being joined by Usher and Blake Shelton for a version of Ben E. King’s Stand By Me.
The legendary artist didn’t hold back when he spoke before his performances, calling anyone who doesn’t believe in climate change “blind or unintelligent”. Who could he possibly be referring to?
Pop star Justin Bieber led a multi-faith prayer for victims, alongside Muslim scholar Jihad Turk, Rabbi Ari Lukas and Pastor John Gray. You can watch Bieber’s short speech and prayer below.
The night included numerous appeals from celebrity pairings. Django Unchained co-stars Jamie Foxx and DiCaprio came together for one, with Foxx saying: “When tough times hit, this is who we are. We’re compassionate. We’re unstoppable when we unite, when we join together hand-in-hand.”
Oprah and Cher, Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and Robert DeNiro and Jon Stewart were among the other pairings paying tribute and telling stories of those affected by the disaster.
Will Smith, The Rock and Beyonce were among those who sent in video messages, with the Lemonade singer saying: “During the time when 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.
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SOURCE: International Business Times