Details are trickling in as we type … But we’re hearing about a fundraiser for Haiti that is being masterminded by George Clooney. Allegedly MTV has agreed to air a bi-coastal happening on all of its channels (MTV, BET, CMT and our beloved VH1) in an attempt to provide much-needed support for the devasted victims of the earthquake.
According to Showbiz411, which broke the story today, Clooney was busy recruiting celebs at a party for Up in the Air last night — and Sting, after being approached, was overheard saying “Where do I go?” The timing for recruiting talent could not be better as nearly every A-list actor will be attending the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Friday and then the Golden Globes on Sunday. Expect to hear a lot about Haiti in upcoming acceptance speeches!
It’s hard to imagine this event going down without music. We can’t confirm anything at this time, but a straight talking-head telethon just isn’t how VH1 or MTV rolls. Plus, can you imagine Sting without his guitar? Exactly.
After the jump, we start the Official Haiti Fundraiser Celebrity Lineup Guessing Game, which includes Wyclef Jean, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Diddy, U2, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Shakira, John Legend, Adam Lambert, Ryan Seacrest and the Dixie Chicks. (But first, find out how you can help at the White House’s website.)
The Official George Clooney/MTV Haiti Benefit Celebrity Lineup Guessing Game
Here’s who we think will be on the lineup and why:
- Considering that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to help Haiti earthquake victims (not to mention they’re pals with Clooney), we can’t imagine a Brangelina no-show. Remember, Brad did more for New Orleans than George Bush after Hurricane Katrina, so we expect nothing less than his total commitment.
- Haitian-born Wyclef Jean became a fundraising army of one before the aftershocks even let up. His Yele Haiti nonprofit, which was set up in 2005, has already raised more than $1 million since the quake. If he’s not handing out food and water in the disaster zone, he’ll be there.
- Coldplay’s Chris Martin stated: “I visited Haiti with Oxfam a few years ago. It’s a country of extreme poverty and brutal living conditions. Most people in Port-au-Prince live in tin shacks. The earthquake that has struck Haiti will have turned the city into an unimaginable hell.” Count Chris in.
- Matt Damon is not only friends with Clooney but has traveled to Haiti to lend a helping hand.
- Akon is also in Haiti.
- Usher via an e-mail to CNN: “With Haiti in a state of emergency right now, young people do have the power to save lives. I am asking young people of all ages to mobilize by organizing local fundraisers with the proceeds going to their peers in Haiti. This is one way we all can make a difference.” Yeah he’s there.
- Bono and U2: We have no idea if Bono has made a statement. But what’s a worldwide benefit without the do-gooder singer?
- From Alicia Keys‘ official website: “With the world pulling together to help the people of Haiti, Alicia Keys is asking all her fans to do what they can to support Haiti in their time of crisis.” Wasn’t she a part of Live 8?
- Tiger Woods! We jest. It’s a bit too early for him to come out of hiding. But Tiger’s donating $3 million to help Haitian quake victims.
- Blink 182 is releasing Haiti T-shirts, with proceeds donated to the Red Cross.
- Diddy tweeted yesterday, “My heart is so heavy today! Words can’t explain!God Bless Haiti!!!!” He’s always everywhere, right?
- Additional celebs that we can imagine at the fundraiser who are already using Twitter and/or Facebook to encourage people to help Haiti: Shakira, John Legend, Adam Lambert, Ryan Seacrest, the Dixie Chicks, Ben Stiller, Ellen Degeneres, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Tyra Banks, Alyssa Milano and Lenny Kravitz. Lindsay Lohan, if she’s lucky, might be included in the lineup. (Girl could use some good PR).
That’s our best guess as to the lineup of the Haiti fundraiser telethon. As you’ll notice, Madonna is not on the list. (We couldn’t find a peep from her about Haiti). Let us know who we left off.