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About This Special
CMT, MTV and VH1 team up for a special four-hour concert special to benefit the Hurricane Katrina relief campaign. The multi-artist, multi-genre, multi-platform special is set to air commercial free and simultaneously across all of MTV Networks, including MTV2, VH1 Classic, mtvU, along with MTV Overdrive and VSpot, MTV and VH1's broadband video services, and will emanate from New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta. The benefit will also stream online at CMT.com, MTV.com and VH1.com. The special will feature a combination of live and taped performances and messages from artists.The special will seek to raise much needed funds for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, America's Second Harvest and similar organizations as they continue their relief efforts in the devastating wake of Hurricane Katrina. The campaign will also seek to activate the diverse audiences across MTV, VH1 and CMT to drive volunteerism, donations and general awareness. Artists participating in the benefit include U2, Coldplay, Hank Williams, Jr., Jon Stewart, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Allen Toussaint, Bon Jovi, Elton John, Fiona Apple, Big & Rich, Emmylou Harris, Buckwheat Zydeco, Sugarland, Beck, Jewel, Chris Thomas King, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, 3 Doors Down, Kelly Clarkson, Brian Wilson, Melissa Etheridge, the Neville Brothers, Trent Reznor, Cash Money's Baby and Lil' Wayne, Motley Crue, Simple Plan, Dashboard Confessional, Goo Goo Dolls, Staind, Good Charlotte, Audioslave, Common, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Maroon 5, the Radiators, Ludacris, Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, the Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, David Banner and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. The American Red Cross is asking people to help by making an online contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW to donate, signing up with a local chapter to volunteer or making a blood donation.