The talent roster for BET’s “SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti” telethon continues to expand as the Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams will join Diddy and Queen Latifah as co-hosts of the proceedings, while Drake, Chris Brown and Nas have been added to the performance slate.
Wyclef, Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and Akon have also been added to the bill; Pete Wentz, Gloria Estafan and Trey Songz are scheduled to participate at the event, set to take place at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Friday (February 5).
The telecast will be broadcast on MTV, BET, VH1 and Centric beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Money raised will go to organizations providing immediate relief in Haiti, including Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti foundation, C.A.R.E. and Project MediShare. Tickets to the benefit will also be available on Ticketmaster.com and at the American Airlines Arena box office.
The event follows on the heels of George Clooney and MTV Networks’ “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon that was watched by upwards of 83 million people and helped raise more than $61 million in donations. Aid to Haiti is still needed following the devastating earthquake that struck the island last month. It was announced on Thursday that former U.S. President Bill Clinton, now a United Nations special envoy to Haiti, will visit the country to meet with government officials and deliver more supplies.
“More than three weeks after the earthquake, the relief efforts in Haiti have been increasing to meet staggering needs, but the long road to recovery has just begun,” Clinton said in a statement, according to CNN.
In addition to the Wyclef, Hilson and Akon, other performances scheduled for “SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti” will include Pitbull, Damian Marley, Monica, India.Arie and Kirk Franklin. Common, David Banner, Missy Elliot, The-Dream and T-Pain will also participate.
Previously, Justin Bieber, Ludacris, Robin Thicke, and Mary J. Blige were announced as performers.