Celebs came out to support Hand in Hand raising money for Hurricane survivors!
Names like DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Vic Mensa, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Justin Timberlake, Oprah, Justin Bieber, and many more were there answering phone calls.
Other names like Drake & Beyoncé called in with a pre-recorded message.
Drake pointed out the news cycle recently has been “extremely overwhelming,” while Beyoncé noted that, “it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country.”
“We come together today to love on people that have been devastated by the hurricanes,” Stevie Wonder, who sang “Lean on Me,” said at the start of the telethon. “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.”
Major corporations called in to show and give their support as well.
Apple, who just made major news today, called and said they were donating $5 million, while Albertsons Cos. and Merck each gave $1 million.
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul also said that the NBA Players Association, which donated $500,000, would match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $20,000.
“Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes and countless families are now homeless,” Beyoncé added.
She continued, “Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.”
Kerry Washington, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Oprah Winfrey, Cher, and Justin Timberlake told stories of those who were directly impacted by the hurricanes.
Performances from Nashville included Usher and Blake Shelton, who sang “Stand By Me.” George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen, and Lyle Lovett sang “Texas” and “I Believe” from San Antonio.
Other performances featured Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly singing “Hallelujah,” Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker, and Cece Winans performing “With a Little Help from My Friends,” and Dave Matthews singing “Mercy.”
At least 70 people died during Hurricane Harvey, and 12 deaths have been reported in the U.S. from Hurricane Irma.
Through the help of this telethon, they raised over $44 million, and that number will continue to grow.
Take a look at who all were in attendance below and let us know how you showed your support!