Last night, all major TV channels aired Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief
. The hour long telethon was broadcast from Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville, and was organized by Scooter Braun (manager of Justin Bieber
and Ariana Grande
) and Bun B, a Houston native and member of hip-hop duo UGK to raise money for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The biggest names in pop culture attended the event to perform, and raise awareness of the hardships victims of the storms are currently enduring. Some of the musicians who were in attendance include: Beyonce
, Tori Kelly, Drake
, and Josh Groban
. Actors of the big and small screens included: Miles Teller, Leo DiCaprio, Oprah, and Elizabeth Banks. But that doesn't even begin to cover all of the participants of Hand in Hand
It's hard to decide which of the performances were the best, with such a star-studded lineup you would be hard pressed to find one that wasn't stellar, but here are some of the highlights:
Stevie Wonder Accompanied by a Gospel Choir:
R&B legend Stevie Wonder
kicked off the event from Los Angeles with a beautiful rendition of "Lean On Me" with the help of a gospel choir.
Usher and Blake Shelton:
coaches collaborated on this R&B-meets-country version of "Stand By Me."
George Strait and Friends:
"King of Country" George Strait headlined and closed the show from San Antonio, Texas. 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.
By the end of the hour, $44 million dollars were raised to aid the victims of Harvey and Irma. That will go a long way in helping to repair the estimated $200 billion dollars worth of damage caused by the two storms. The proceeds from the benefit will be going directly to relief organizations including: the Rebuild Texas Fund
, Habitat for Humanity
, Save the Children
, the ASPCA
(American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Others) and more.
At the beginning of the broadcast Stevie Wonder stated: "When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves." And it's clear that America felt nothing but love last night, even if it was only for an hour.