Last night, the Hand in Hand telethon aired to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, raising $44 million according to ABC News. The one-and-only Stevie Wonder opened the show with a touching version of “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. “Anyone who believes that there is no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent,” Stevie Wonder said before he took to the piano, backed by a full gospel choir. Uplifting the energy of the song to a new dimension, “Lean On Me” served as the perfect tone-setter for the evening. Additionally, Dave Matthews performed “Mercy” on the telethon. The event also featured performances from Usher and Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, George Strait, and more. Beyoncé, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Travis Scott, and Leonardo DiCaprio also appeared in support.
Proceeds of the Hand In Hand benefit will go to: Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and United Way. You can see performances from Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, and more below: