Hurricane Relief: "Hand In Hand" Telethon Raises $44 Million
"We come together today to love on people that have been devastated by the hurricanes," said Stevie Wonder, who opened the "Hand In Hand" telethon with "Lean On Me."
It was an emotional moment and sparked momentum for a evening night marked by unity. Featuring a cast of GRAMMY-winning musicians, A-list actors and celebrities, the "Hand In Hand" telethon raised more than $44 million for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to ABC News.
In addition to Wonder, performers included Usher and Blake Shelton teaming for Ben E. King's "Stand By Me"; Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley leading a cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends"; George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, and Lyle Lovett uniting for Strait's "Texas"; and Tori Kelly and Luis Fonsi turning in an expressive reading of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
A visibly moved Beyoncé, who is a Houston native, gave a moving speech.
"Natural disasters don't discriminate. They don't see if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor," she said. "It doesn't matter if you're from Third Ward or River Oaks, we're all in this together. Seeing everyone of different racial, social and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive, restored my faith in humanity."
Also answering phones were actors and celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey, Julianne Moore, Bruce Willis, and Sofia Vergara, among others.
Former GRAMMY Awards host Billy Crystal closed the telethon, thanking all telethon participants and donors. He poignantly said, "This is what America is really all about."
Who's performing? Official lineup released for the 59th GRAMMYs
Music's Biggest Night is upon us and promises to deliver GRAMMY Moments that will make all fans Believe In Music™. The star-studded performance lineup for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards includes a performance by Lady Gaga — fresh off her Super Bowl LI halftime performance — tributes to the late music icons Prince and George Michael, Bruno Mars' return to the GRAMMY stage, and the best in country, hip-hop, pop, and rock. James Corden will host — will he tap one of the night's guests for a special GRAMMY edition of Carpool Karaoke? Tune in to CBS on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. to see the award-winning television personality as well as our stellar cast of performers and presenters.
And the performers on the 59th GRAMMY Awards are:
William Bell and Gary Clark Jr.
Chance The Rapper and Kirk Franklin
Cynthia Erivo and John Legend for a special In Memoriam tribute performance
Lady Gaga and Metallica
Little Big Town
Demi Lovato with Andra Day and Tori Kelly celebrating the music of the Bee Gees and the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever
Maren Morris and Alicia Keys
Anderson .Paak and A Tribe Called Quest
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban
The Weeknd with Daft Punk
The award presenters for Music's Biggest Night are:
Taraji P. Henson
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Sneak peak: See who's paying tribute to the Bee Gees
No need to rush the stage or buddy up to the sound person. We've got your set list for The Recording Academy's all-star special celebrating the 40th anniversary of the landmark soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever and the Bee Gees right here. "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees" airs this Sunday, April 16 at 8–10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
But first, take a sneak peek at the star-studded lineup of artists and the classic songs they'll perform during this once-in-a-lifetime tribute TV special:
- "Stayin' Alive," "Tragedy," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Night Fever" medley — Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, Little Big Town, and Andra Day
- "To Love Somebody" — Keith Urban
- "Massachusetts" — Ed Sheeran
- "Lonely Days" — Panic! At The Disco
- "Tragedy" — Tori Kelly
- "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" — John Legend and Stevie Wonder
- "Islands In The Stream" — Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett
- "Immortality" — Celine Dion
- "Night Fever" — DNCE
- "If I Can't Have You" — Demi Lovato
- "More Than A Woman" — Jason Derulo and Tavares
- "How Deep Is Your Love" — Little Big Town
- "Love So Right" — Andra Day
- "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" — Nick Jonas
- "Too Much Heaven" — Pentatonix
- "Emotion" — Katharine McPhee
- "Jive Talkin'" — Barry Gibb
- "You Should Be Dancing" — Barry Gibb
- "Stayin' Alive" — Barry Gibb and ensemble
The GRAMMYs: Demi Lovato, Kelsea Ballerini, Lukas Graham To Perform
With less than one week left until Music's Biggest Night, The Recording Academy has announced the additions of current GRAMMY nominees Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Graham, who will each make their GRAMMY stage debuts. In a special segment, current nominee Demi Lovato will join Andra Day, Tori Kelly and previously announced performers Little Big Town for a collaborative performance celebrating the music of the Bee Gees and the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever. Additionally, current GRAMMY nominee Cynthia Erivo will team with previously announced 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend in tribute to those from the music community we lost this past year.
Ballerini is nominated for Best New Artist.
Erivo is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album (The Color Purple).
Lukas Graham are nominated for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("7 Years"). Lead singer Lukas Forchhammer is also nominated for Song Of The Year ("7 Years").
Lovato is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album (Confident).
Previously announced performers include Adele, William Bell, Chance The Rapper, Gary Clark Jr., Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Metallica, Maren Morris, Anderson .Paak, Sturgill Simpson, A Tribe Called Quest, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and The Weeknd.
Taking place at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden is set to host Music's Biggest Night for the first time.
The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.