Stars Unite for Haiti Telethon

January 23, 2010 By:
Stars Unite for Haiti Telethon

Hollywood's biggest stars got together yesterday to raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti during a telethon hosted by George Clooney.

Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck and Mel Gibson manned a bank of telephones in Los Angeles, while tens of millions of TV viewers were treated to a string of performances and appearances by Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Bono.

Alicia Keys kicked off the telethon with a performance of her hit Prelude to a Kiss, before Chris Martin from Coldplay teamed up with good pal Beyonce to perform her song Halo.

Bruce Springsteen followed Keys with a rendition of his song We Shall Overcome; Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Keith Urban sang Lean on Me; Madonna performed Like A Prayer; Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris covered Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah and Jennifer Hudson belted out Let it Be.

Other performers included Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Coldplay and Taylor Swift. Between performances, stars including Denzel Washington, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Kidman and Matt Damon shared the stories of just some of the earthquake's victims.

Speaking to MTV after the event, Clooney said, "I hope we made some money out of this. The only way to make this a success is to make a considerable amount of money."

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were in the same building at the same time, but they reportedly avoided each others paths.

Stars have already donated millions of dollars to victims of the Haiti earthquake. If you want to help too, visit Hopeforhaitinow.org