On the heels of George Clooney’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon — which was watched by some 83 million people and raised more than $61 million in donations — BET has announced plans for a benefit of their own, a star-studded event they’re calling “SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti.”
Hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Queen Latifah, the show will air live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami on February 5 and will feature appearances and performances by Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Additional talent will be announced in the coming days.
A three-hour concert/telethon, “SOS” will be broadcast on MTV, BET, VH1 and Centric at 8 p.m. ET. 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.
It’s not known whether the performances from the event will be made available for download following the broadcast.
On Wednesday (January 27), Hope for Haiti Now, a digital album featuring all the performances from last week’s telethon (a list that included songs by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few) made history by becoming the first all-digital release to debut atop the Billboard albums chart, selling more than 171,000 copies. The Hope for Haiti Now album also made it into the record books by becoming the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history.