This past Friday night, MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief helped raise over $58 million dollars for the people of Haiti, and the star-studded event sent a new record for donations made by the general public during a disaster-relief telethon, and the “Hope for Haiti Now” album became the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history.
The evening wasn’t about promoting vanity projects, red carpet fashions, or Hollywood heartthrobs. It was about putting aside the fact that our country is in need and giving to those whose need is so great that ours pales in comparison.
And the Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief was about the power of music — from Justin Timberlake’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to Stevie Wonder’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” to Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna’s brand-new song, “Stranded — Haiti Mon Amour,” and, of course, Wyclef Jean’s “Rivers of Babylon”/”Yele” medley — to unite and bring us hope.
Watch all of the Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief performances below. Plus, pre-order the Hope for Haiti Now full-performance album for just $7.99 on iTunes. And please, donate.
+ Watch more performances after the jump.