By Nuzhat Naoreen
Many of Hollywood's youngest and brightest stars participated in Friday's "Hope for Haiti Now" benefit, doing their part to raise money and awareness for the earthquake ravaged nation.
Amongst them was pop singer and "Valentine's Day" actress Taylor Swift, who strummed on her guitar, while performing a soulful cover of Better Than Ezra's "Breathless." Besides taking to the mic, Taylor also took calls during the night. One of her calls was from a grandmother who decided to make a donation to Haiti on behalf of her granddaughter. Taylor asked the grandmother to tell the child she said hello and "stay strong."
Another notable young singer to take the stage during the benefit was Christina Aguilera, who performed "Lift Me Up," a powerful ballad off her new album Bionic.
We've got to say we were wow'd by both performances. If you're interested in purchasing the songs, check out Itunes.com/Haiti, all proceeds will go to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now".
iTunes customers can exclusively pre-order the "Hope for Haiti Now" full-performance album ($7.99) and the full two-hour video telecast ($1.99). Pre-orders will be delivered in the days following the telethon. Individual audio performances will also be available for purchase and download for 99 cents each in the days following the telethon. Apple, the record labels and the artists will donate their share of the proceeds to Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities, including the Red Cross and Wyclef's Yele Haiti foundation. Performances will also be available for purchase in the days following the event through Amazon's MP3 service and Rhapsody, through distribution provided by INgrooves.