The two-hour Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief was co-hosted by George Clooney and Haitian-born Wyclef Jean, and featured an array of famous faces on Friday night. Stars including Alicia Keys, Bono, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Beyonce Knowles and Chris Martin all performed during the show.
Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Reese Witherspoon, Tobey Maguire, Meg Ryan, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Pattinson, Ben Stiller, Nicole Kidman, Bill Clinton, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Cindy Crawford, Ben Affleck, Sigourney Weaver, Noah Wyle, Ringo Starr, Jack Nicholson, Ellen DeGeneres, and Drew Barrymore were in Los Angeles taking donations from callers all night. People were obviously calling up in their droves to speak to Hollywood A-listers and great minds like Stephen Spielberg. Imagine the disappointment for some.
The programme was broadcast from New York, Los Angeles and London and was such a success the money raised is expected to increase: "The public has set a new standard of giving for a relief telethon with Hope for Haiti Now and the donations continue to come in," President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation Lisa Paulsen revealed in a statement.
All the performances are available to download from iTunes. Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna's charity collaboration Stranded, is currently number one on the iTunes singles chart.
Sean Penn is currently in Haiti to raise awareness about the Caribbean island’s plight. The Oscar-winning actor is concerned the world will forget about Haiti and has urged people to keep donating to the aid efforts: "It can also be said that Haiti's quite used to having the spotlight come off of them. It's had needs for a long time. But I hope that it will refocus, that this is one of our neighbours... The mission is so centred on Port-au-Prince that some of the other areas, the epicentre areas, are being under-serviced, while Port Au Prince still has major emergencies - infections, communicable diseases, concerns. People are dying by the thousands a day."