Luis Fonsi, George Clooney, plus more raise millions at 'Hand in Hand' relief for hurricane victims

Stars aligned on Tuesday evening to take part in the "Hand in Hand" hurricane relief benefit. George Clooney, Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber, Julia Roberts and several other celebrities helped raised more than $44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


steviewonderVIEW GALLERY Stevie Wonder sang Lean on Me at the beginning of the show Photo: Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

Grammy-winning artist Stevie Wonder opened up the special singing Lean on Me, telling viewers: "We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes. When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves."

luistoriVIEW GALLERY Luis Fonsi performed a powerful rendition of Hallelujah with Tori Kelly Photo: Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

Justin Bieber made a public appearance during the telethon to introduce a prayer, before his Despacito collaborator Luis Fonsi took the stage to sing a bilingual rendition of Hallelujah with Tori Kelly. "What an honor to have been part of an event to benefit #PuertoRico #Houston #Miami and the people affected by the hurricanes. There is much more to do, my commitment does not end here," the Puerto Rican singer penned in Spanish on social media.

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Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Josh Groban, Drake, Leonardo Dicaprio, J Balvin, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Jamie Foxx, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Joe Jonas, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Barbra Streisand and Justin Timberlake were among stars who participated in the benefit, which highlighted stories from victims and survivors.

clooneyhanksVIEW GALLERY Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and George Clooney helped raise millions on September 12 at the "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" Photo: Kevin Mazur/Hand in Hand/Getty Images

Charities benefiting from the millions raised by the telethon include Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Save the Children, the Rebuild Texas Fund, and ASPCA.

"This is what we can give people with our donations tonight. We can't bring back what they lost, but we can help them know where to take the next step and provide some solid footing for them to place their next foot. A path to stability. To a place where they can rebuild," Matthew McConaughey told viewers. "This is what they need and this is what we can give them."

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