Talent from around the country came together last night (September 12) for the telethon, Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. Stars such as Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and many more offered their services either as performers or phone operators, while other celebrities lobbied for donations via taped submissions. With help from its celebrity star power, the telethon has generated millions in donations.
“Natural disasters don't discriminate," Beyoncé said in her recorded message. “They don't care if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor." Hand in Hand was originally organized by Houston rapper Bun B and Hollywood talent manager Scooter Braun as a benefit for Hurricane Harvey victims, but was expanded in the wake of Hurricane Irma's widespread devastation. Filmed live from Los Angeles to Nashville to New York, talent from all over the entertainment industry turned out. While notable names such as Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, George Clooney and Barbra Streisand joining dozens of other celebrities fielding donation calls, many country stars truly shined with their powerful performances and collaborations.
Blake Shelton and R&B singer Usher performed a striking rendition of both Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" and Shelton's “Home."
Another incredible performance came from Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Demi Lovato and CeCe Winans, who performed "With a Little Help From My Friends," on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville. While from varying different genres, each singer contributed a soulful addition to the song that highlighted their talents as well as versatility.
During his own concert to help raise money for the hurricane relief efforts, George Strait formed a country super group that included Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and Matthew McConaughey. Broadcast partly during the Hand in Hand telecast, the concert was held in San Antonio, Texas, an area heavily impacted by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey.
Throughout most of the evening, cameras bounced from Los Angeles to New York to Nashville. with McConaughey sharing before the groups performance, “We can't bring back what they lost, but we can help them know where to take the next step and provide some solid footing for them to place the next foot – a path to stability, to a place where they can rebuild. This is what they need and this is what we can give them."
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