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Jan 25, 2010

Celebrities unite world to raise £20million for Haiti earthquake relief

It was the night the superstars of music and film joined together to bring a ray of hope to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
More than 140 of the biggest names on the planet performed at George Clooney's Hope For Haiti telethon - raising £20million.

Dressed in black, stars such as Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson, Robert de Niro and Brad Pitt urged the hundreds of millions watching worldwide to donate money for the 200,000 people killed and two million left homeless by the January 12 disaster.
Celebs even manned phones to take donations during the live MTV show.

Clooney, 48, told viewers: "The Haitian people need our
help. They need to know they are not alone, that we still care."

The night began with Alicia Keys singing her song Prelude To A Kiss in Los Angeles at 1am our time yesterday.

Justin Timberlake performed Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Kid Rock joined up for Lean On Me and Christina Aguilera sang Lift Me Up.
In London Beyonce performed her song Halo, accompanied on the piano by her friend, Coldplay's Chris Martin. U2's Bono, Jay Z and Rihanna also recorded contributions.
And in New York, Madonna sang Like a Prayer backed by a gospel choir, with performances by Sting and Bruce Springsteen.

The telethon ended two hours later with Haitian Wyclef Jean singing Rivers of Babylon. Beforehand he told of his own experience of the quake: "I carried bodies of my people in the cemetery. Right now we can see the second wave of the disaster coming. We have to make sure the second wave never makes it to Haiti." All tracks will be available on iTunes.
Take That, Susan Boyle and Cheryl Cole are among stars to record Simon Cowell's charity version of REM's Everybody Hurts, tomorrow.

LONDON Rihanna flew to Britain to add her voice.