JUSTIN Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Leonardo DiCaprio led a star studded telethon for hurricane victims yesterday.

Some of the biggest names from the TV, film and movies showed up to sing, tell stories and plead for support in the televised benefit that had raised $14.5 million by the time cameras were turned off.

 Nicki Minaj arrived to man the phone lines during the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon

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Nicki Minaj arrived to man the phone lines during the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon
 Justin Bieber wore a bandanna for the televised show

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Justin Bieber wore a bandanna for the televised show
 Leo DiCaprio took calls as donations came in

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Leo DiCaprio took calls as donations came in

Pop singer Justin got stuck in and manned the phone banks to accept donations during the hour long Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief telethon.

He was joined by the likes of new dad George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Daniel Craig to take calls.

Nicki Minaj put on a lively show as she arrived ready to help bring donations in, alongside Kate Hudson,  Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani and Jared Leto to name just a few.

Musical entertainment came from singing legend Stevie Wonder who belted out Lean On Me before being joined by Usher and Blake Shelton for Stand By Me.

Beyonce, Will Smith and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sent in taped pleas for support during the event, shown on more than a dozen television networks and online simultaneously.

Speaking in her segment, mum-of-three Beyonce  said:  “Natural disasters don’t discriminate.

 Nicki Minaj took a selfie in between calls

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Nicki Minaj took a selfie in between calls
 Leo looked pensive as he chatted

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Leo looked pensive as he chatted
 Julia Roberts posed with Gwen Stefani

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Julia Roberts posed with Gwen Stefani
 Justin Bieber struck a pose with Joe Jonas

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Justin Bieber struck a pose with Joe Jonas
​Stevie ​Wonder gets political as he makes a climate change jibe​ on the Hand in Hand telethon ​for Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims

“They don’t care if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor.”

While Cher and Oprah Winfrey told the story behind a frequently-seen picture of strangers forming a human chain to save someone from flooding in Houston.

Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the “Hand in Hand” telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma.

Comedian Kevin Hart explained:  “We’re here to raise money, lift some spirits.

Beyonce delivers emotional appeal to help raise money for the Hand in Hand Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
 Oprah looked lively on her call

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Oprah looked lively on her call
 Demi Lovato took to the stage at one of the venues around the country

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Demi Lovato took to the stage at one of the venues around the country
 Gwen presented a moving video

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Gwen presented a moving video
 The stars had a laugh while helping to raise millions

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The stars had a laugh while helping to raise millions
 Kate Hudson showed off her shaved head during the call

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Kate Hudson showed off her shaved head during the call

“When tough times hit, this is who we are. We’re compassionate. We’re unstoppable.”

The quick-moving show took a form familiar to viewers since a sad template was set in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Celebrities requested donations, told heartwarming survival stories involving people caught in the storm and sang songs.

Leonardo Di Caprio and Jamie Foxx join together to help raise money for the Hand in Hand Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
 Shakira performed on another stage

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Shakira performed on another stage
 Justin Timberlake did his bit

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Justin Timberlake did his bit

Several organizations will benefit, including the United Way and Save the Children.

Stages in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, Tennessee were filled simultaneously, although the night’s final performance a tribute to Texans by George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert and Lyle Lovett originated from San Antonio.

Despacito singer Luis Fonsi and Tori Kelly sang Hallelujah together.

 New dad George was joined by Julia Roberts

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New dad George was joined by Julia Roberts
 Justin sat beside Oprah

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Justin sat beside Oprah

Dave Matthews picked his guitar from a studio above Times Square, and Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato and Cece Winans sang the Beatles’ With a Little Help From My Friends.

Donations didn’t just come in over the phone – some huge donations were made from some very deep pockets.

Computer maker Michael Dell and his wife Susan pledged to match the first $10 million in donations Tuesday.

They’ve given a total of $41 million to the Rebuild Texas Fund.

 Leo was joined by Jamie Foxx

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Leo was joined by Jamie Foxx
 Nicole Kidman was happy to join in the fundraising with Reese

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Nicole Kidman was happy to join in the fundraising with Reese
 Cher shared a laugh with George

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Cher shared a laugh with George
 The star-studded crowd made sure they made millions

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The star-studded crowd made sure they made millions
 Legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino took calls

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Legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino took calls
 Jared Leto took part in the fundraising

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Jared Leto took part in the fundraising

Basketball star Chris Paul gave $20,000 and said the NBA Players Association would match donations of up to the same amount given by any NBA player.

Announcing Apple’s promise to give $5 million, comic Stephen Colbert quipped it was coincidentally “also the price of the new iPhone.”

Billy Crystal, who gave the $14.5 million tally at the show’s end, said phone lines would be kept open, and viewers could also donate online.

The event was organised by Houston rap artist Bun B and Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.


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