Partial “Hope For Haiti” Benefit Lineup Revealed

Hope For Haiti” (01/22/10) on MTV, VH1, CNN and every major network
Hope For Haiti

Today, some of the acts for the Jan 22 star-studded “Hope for Haiti” telethon were announced and the lineup looks impressive (in a multi-platinum selling artist sort of way). While I know the event is taking place in New York, Los Angeles, London and Haiti, I’m just curious about how one goes about seeing the show “live” in NYC. Was there some sort of big ticket announcement that I missed, or is everything just gonna be pre-taped with the rest recorded live in some random TV studio in Manhattan? I see the Knicks are playing the Lakers on Jan 22, so that rules the Garden out, but Radio City and The Beacon Theater appear to be free. Here’s the first bit of the announced lineup from RollingStone.com.

Jay-Z will team up with Bono and the Edge for MTV’s “Hope for Haiti” television special, airing commercial-free this Friday, January 22nd on MTV, VH1, CNN and every major network. Jay will perform with the U2 duo at a London venue for the special, and their collaboration has generated a new song, produced by Swizz Beatz, which will go on sale via iTunes in the near future, MTV reports.

Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Shakira and Rihanna have been added to the “Hope for Haiti” event, which will be co-hosted by George Clooney, Anderson Cooper and Wyclef Jean. Dave Matthews Band, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Sting, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige will also perform on the show; all proceeds raised will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yéle Haiti Foundation. According to MTV, more than 100 stars have also signed on for the special. [RollingStone.com]

If you’re interested in donating to the Haitian relief effort outside of this telethon, some worthwhile organizations include: Doctors Without Borders, The American Red Cross, Partners In Health and The American Jewish World Service. Wyclef Jean‘s Yele Haiti has been the subject of some negative publicity regarding its financial dealings as of late, though Jean insists that he has never benefited personally from his organization.

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