Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson and the Rolling Stones are among several artists who have been added to MTV, VH1 and CMT’s Hurricane Katrina relief special.
Airing September 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET/PT, “ReAct Now: Music & Relief” will feature a mix of live and taped performances and messages from more than 30 artists.
Other participating artists include Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Audioslave, Simple Plan, Common, John Mayer, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Dashboard Confessional, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Melissa Etheridge, Mötley Crüe, Goo Goo Dolls, Staind and Alan Jackson.
Several artists with ties to the Louisiana and Mississippi area, including Trent Reznor, 3 Doors Down, Cash Money’s Baby and Lil’ Wayne, the Neville Brothers, Marc Broussard and the Radiators, will also partake, along with previously announced artists Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, David Banner, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and John Mellencamp (see “Usher, Green Day, Alicia Keys Sign On For Hurricane Relief Concert September 10″ ).
“Since we announced this campaign, there has been an incredible outpouring of support from the music and entertainment community, who want to lend their voices, performances or messages of hope to those in need,” Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music Group, said in a statement. “The affected area hit hard by Hurricane Katrina shares a rich musical and cultural heritage, so it’s all the more meaningful that we try to support these massive relief efforts through music and encouraging our audiences to help any way they can.”
“It’s going to be a great thing,” said 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold, whose bandmembers had homes severely damaged in Mississippi. “It’s going to raise a lot of money. It’s going to raise a lot of awareness about how badly help is needed. And all in all it’s gonna be a great show.”
“ReAct Now: Music & Relief” will be broadcast commercial-free from New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta and will air simultaneously on MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, VH1 Classic and mtvU, as well as on the broadband online channels MTV Overdrive and VSpot.
The special will raise funds for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, America’s Second Harvest and similar organizations. Additional details will be announced in the coming days.
Be sure to watch “MTV News Special: After the Storm,” which premieres Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
To find out what you can do to help provide relief to victims of Katrina, head to think MTV’s hurricane relief page.