You can watch all the music performances from last night’s telethon, Hope for Haiti Now, at

My personal favorites: Sting’s “Driven to Tears” featuring Chris Botti; Stevie Wonder’s “A Time to Love” combined with Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (a nice tribute to Stevie’s long time Grammy “rival” Simon), Bruce Springsteen’s “We Shall Overcome,” and’Alicia Keys‘ opening number.’ Wyclef Jean, just back from Haiti, provided just the right gravity with “Rivers of Babylon” and “Yele.”

Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Let it Be” was simply stunning. She told me later, “I’m just glad I didn’t forget the words!” It hardly the case. She looked gorgeous, and her voice soared. She is poised to be’a superstar of’the new decade.

Most of the numbers were spot on. There were some interesting choices,’however: ‘Madonna’s reedy’”Like a Prayer” with a huge gospel choir, and Justin Timberlake’s “Hallelujah,” which required accompaniment with someone named Matt Morris on vocals and keyboards. Talk about “live aid.”

Beyonce’s rendition of “Halo” with Chris Martin was a great showcase for her to prove she’s more than just hip hop. Shakira singing Chrissie Hynde’s Pretenders hit, “I’ll Stand By You” was just weird enough to work. Chrissie must have been very amused.

And the big collaboration featuring Bono, The Edge, Rihanna, and Jay Z:on’inspired and catchy. And cool. It was brave of them to’debut it on live on international TV.

In the end, George Clooney did something rather remarkable. We announced the idea of this telethon on January 14th. Clooney had only Sting at that point. In eight days, he created a world. All kudos to him. Now let’s hope the money, food and supplies get to the Haitian people.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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