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Beyonce, Madonna Added to Haiti Telethon

22 January 2010 [17:58] - TODAY.AZ
The Two Singers Join Star-Studded Guest List Already Including Brad Pitt, Taylor Swift and Denzel Washington.
Beyonce and Madonna have been added as performers to Friday's multi-network "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon.

A statement released Thursday said Beyonce would perform from London, and Madonna from New York City.

It was also announced by Rihanna on Thursday that she will be performing a new song, "Stranded," with Jay-Z and U2's The Edge and Bono at the telethon on Friday in London.

Rihanna, a native of Barbados, told a Norwegian talk show host on Thursday that she feels particularly drawn to the cause because of her Caribbean roots.

"In the Caribbean, we think of ourselves as one big family, one country," Rihanna told the host of the show, Fredrik Skavlan. "We're all together. We all represent each other."

She said she felt "great sadness" when thinking about the humanitarian disaster that struck Haiti following a Jan. 12 earthquake.

"It's like it happened to Barbados," she said.

Over 100 of the biggest names in film, television and music are geared up to participate in the biggest relief benefit for Haiti organized since the earthquake last week.

The musical lineup already includes Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Stevie Wonder. Musical performances will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning on Friday. All proceeds will go to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities.

In addition to musical performances, former President Bill Clinton will appear along with Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Will Smith with Muhammad Ali, Leonardo DiCaprio and a host of other film, television and music stars.

The benefit will also feature Wyclef Jean reporting from New York City, George Clooney from Los Angeles and CNN's Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti.

People can start donating even before the start of the 8 p.m. EST concert via phone and text. The event's Web site has more information on Friday's event and how to donate.

The two-hour telethon will be shown on all the major networks and a host of other channels. It will air live from London, New York, Los Angeles and Haiti.

The Full Lineup:

Scheduled to Perform: Beyoncé in London, Madonna in New York and Haitian artist Emeline Michel in Los Angeles will join the previously announced lineup: Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in London.

Scheduled to Appear: Wyclef Jean in New York, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and CNN's Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti, along with former President Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Will Smith with Muhammad Ali, and more than 100 of the biggest names in film, television and music.

/CBS News/

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