If you turned on your TV, cell phone or computer on Friday night, you likely saw or heard about "Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief," billed as the most widely distributed show of all time. It was two hours that demonstrated the power of music, the power of song, the power of celebrity. Some of the video was hard to watch, with pictures of the devastation in Haiti, where a Jan. 12 earthquake is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 men, women and children. But many people in the United States and abroad have been searching for ways to help the people of Haiti. And they had their chance during the all-star telethon, with performances that inspired donations by phone, texting and the web. And the opportunities haven't ended, with a live album and the full two-hour video being sold on iTunes. So far, the donations have totaled more than $57 million.
Highlights of the show included a performance of "Like a Prayer" by Madonna:
And Beyonce singing "Halo"
Coldplay also came out
Altogether, more than 100 stars from music, film and TV performed, answered phones and appeared at the show. Jennifer Hudson performed "Let It Be," one of the 10 best of the night, as rated by Entertainment Weekly.
Donations from the telethon will benefit seven nonprofits to provide Haiti earthquake relief: The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, United Nations World Food Programme, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and the Yele Haiti Foundation.
One hundred percent of all donations made by the public will go directly to on-the-ground efforts, with no administrative costs or other program expenses, according to telethon organizers.
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