Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope Raises over $18 Million for Disaster Relief

"Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope" raised over $18 million for American Red Cross relief efforts in southeast Asia recently. Airing on the NBC Universal networks (NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Bravo, Telemundo, PAX TV, Trio and the Sci-Fi Channel), the two-hour, commercial-free show was broadcast from New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
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Locally based artists performing at Miami's Telemundo station included Lenny Kravitz playing "Let Love Rule." In New York, Madonna, Norah Jones and her backup group, and Annie Lennox contributed to the cause. Other performers included Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Sarah McLachlan, Nelly, Usher, former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, John Mayer, Diana Ross and a host of others. Pre-taped musical segments from the U.K. included Elton John plus Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Eric Clapton.

Individual NBC stations additionally raised another $10 million through separate telethons, according to the network. A host of A-list movie stars, including Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp, George Clooney and others, also donated their time to appear and answer the pledge phones. A corporate sponsor covered the $2 million production costs.

For more information, point your Web browser to www.nbc.com/nbc/Tsunami_Aid:_A_Concert_of_Hope/ .