Justin Bieber, Oprah and More Raise Over $44 Million for Hurricane Relief
Basically, every A-list celebrity you know joined together to help victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma last night, and their efforts brought in MILLIONS.
According to TMZ, over $44 million were raked in, to be exact. It was all celebrity hands on deck during the “Hand in Hand: Benefit for Hurricane Relief” telethon, and everyone from Justin Bieber to Oprah volunteered their time and voices to help the relief effort.
Stevie Wonder opened the telethon with a stunning performance of “Lean On Me,” complete with a choir. On top of his performance, the singer also threw some major shade at climate-change deniers by saying, “We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes… we should begin to love and value our planet and anyone who believes there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent.” You tell ’em, Stevie!
Others like Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Usher, and Blake Shelton also performed for the benefit telethon. All the performers sang heartfelt and moving cover ballads that were more than fitting for the occasion, including Usher and Blake, who sang a stunning duet of “Stand by Me.”
Beyonce, a Houston native herself, wasn’t able to be in attendance to perform at the telethon, but she did record a video message reminding viewers that natural disasters don’t discriminate, and that the victims of Hurricane Harvey range in age, socioeconomic background, religion, and skin color.
Following in Bey’s footsteps, Selena Gomez also recorded a video for the telethon in which she broke down in tears while telling the story of a family who tragically lost their lives during the storm. Meanwhile, the Biebs answered calls throughout the night and introduced a non-denominational prayer for the victims.
Dozens of other celebs worked the telephones to collect donations from viewers, including Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff, DJ Khaled, Justin Timberlake, and Nicki Minaj — who went an extra step and encouraged her Twitter followers to donate as well.
And just as the show was ending, Billy Crystal said it best when he said, “This is what America is all about… a gathering of people from all across the country.” Amen to that!
If YOU want to donate to the Hand in Hand Harvey relief fund, you can go to www.handinhand2017.com to get all the details on how you can help.