Star Power Drives Telethon

Clooney-organized benefit attracts biggest celeb names
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2010 9:47 PM CST

Grim-faced celebrities and musicians with mournful tunes set the tone for tonight's all-star, international "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, which featured two hours of desperate pleas for an even more-desperate nation. "The Haitian people need our help," said George Clooney, who helped organize the two-hour telecast. "They need to know that they are not alone. They need to know that we still care."

Then, after an impassioned plea from Halle Berry, Bruce Springsteen dedicated a song for Haiti—We Shall Overcome. Most of the musical performances were downbeat, emotional songs. John Legend sang I Feel Like A Motherless Child. Kid Rock, Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow sang Lean On Me. Madonna provided one of the few upbeat moments with her choir-backed performance of Like A Prayer. (More Haiti relief stories.)

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