NBC’s telethon to aid victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster in Asia and Africa got an added jolt of star power when Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Robert DeNiro joined the already packed list of A-list performers and presenters. Other last-minute additions to the Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope roster include Nicolette Sheridan, Naomi Watts, Andy Garcia, Hugh Grant, Lucy Liu, Josh Groban, and Jay Leno.
The program airs live at 8 pm EST Saturday on NBC, Pax and various cable channels. NBC’s Spanish-language channel Telemundo will host its own benefit, Unidos con el Mundo: por las Victimas del Tsunami, with celebrities such as Gloria Trevi, Obie Bermudez, JD Natasha, Oscar de Leon, Pablo Montero and Alejandra Guzman in Miami, according Billboard magazine. The show will be hosted by Telemundo’s Candela Ferro.
Live downloads from the concerts will be available via Sony’s Connect music store, with sales benefiting the American Red Cross International Response Fund.
Billboard also reported that Celine Dion and rock act Incubus have pledged major support for tsunami relief, with the former planning to donate proceeds from a May 8 Mother’s Day concert, expected to exceed $1 million, to Unicef.
Meanwhile, Ricky Martin used his celebrity to keep attention focused on Thailand’s victims. He toured areas of Phuket island ravaged by the natural disaster while warning about orphans falling into the hands of child trafficking rings, according to Reuters.