Jennifer Hudson – Hope For Haiti – VIDEO

After the jump, watch Jennifer Hudson perform a moving and powerful version of the Beatles’ “Let it Be” for the Hope for Haiti telethon, broadcast across many network and cable television channels tonight.

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Jennifer Hudson Performs the Title Song in This New RESPECT Clip!

And as a bonus, check out Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”. Notice the guitar player? That’s Monte Pittman–he’s also Adam Lambert’s guitar player…

Also, David Archuleta and Katharine McPhee were amongst the dozens of celebrities working the phone banks, answering calls.

To donate to Hope For Haiti: Log on to Online: www.hopeforhaitinow.org, or call 877-99-HAITI or text “GIVE” to 50555. One other way to donate: You can purchase tonight’s performances from tonight’s telecast at iTunes right HERE.

Video after the JUMP…

Jennifer Hudson – “Let it Be”

Madonna with Monte Pittman on guitar – “Like a Prayer”

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57 Comments

  1. MJ: Thank you for this.

    Jennifer Hudson was just AMAZING. I was blown away by her as always.

  2. I was blown away by the gut-wrenching emotion Jennifer had singing this song. She gave it an almost gospel sound and I loved it. Beautifully done.

  3. I didn’t even recognize Jennifer — I couldn’t figure out who was performing Let It Be. Me = FAIL.

    And I didn’t see either Archie or Kat, although I’m sure they were there.

    I enjoyed the concert, although some of the performances were a little rough in terms of pitch. Hope it raised a ton of $$$

  4. I loved seeing Madonna and Monte! I’m very impressed by all of the support from Hollywood folks.

  5. Jennifer’s version of this song was flawless. I love her. She brought that house down for a very good cause.

  6. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Jennifer’s matured so much since S3 of AI. The way she sang the verses gave me chills, and then she took us to church. Great interpretation IMO and she sounded amazing.

  7. Jennifer was incredible. The whole show was both sad and inspiring. All the performer were amazing. I pre-ordered the CD from Itunes.

    BTW….love Madonna’s fingerless black gloves!!!

  8. lol I only knew it was her because someone said she would be singing that song some time before the telethon lol

  9. Frog! smh at you. lol

    I’m gonna buy Jennifer’s song on iTunes for sure. It was great!

    And I didn’t see either Archie or Kat, although I’m sure they were there.

    I didn’t see Katherine though I was sure I saw her hair walk by at one point at the bottom of the screen when the camera was focused on someone on the second row of the celeb bank, but I couldn’t see the face to see who it was for sure. lol I’m sure some pictures will show up.

    As for Archie, he was sandwiched in between Neil Patrick Harris and Selena Gomez at one point. With Taylor Swift in close proximity. lol And also next to Alec Baldwin at one point.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/ayrath.jpg

    http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac195/davidsgirl17/tumblr_kwojczN9pj1qaamnao1_400.jpg

    http://tweetphoto.com/9326006

    And from Jim Cantiello

    The show’s over but the work still continues. Clipping press i/vs all nite long. OMG @DavidArchie sang backstage for our producers. Dawwwww!
    about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter

    Don’t worry @DavidArchie fans. I’ll make sure MTV News posts the impromptu perf on our site Monday. It’s beautiful. Not saying what song. :)
    about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter

  10. Jennifer was awesome. A highlight out of an overall great group of performances.

  11. Jennifer Hudson has lost so much weight, she looks great. Her performance was one of the top 10 for me. She stood her ground with other greats like Xtina, Timberlake, The Boss, Mary J, Stevie Wonder, Sting, etc.

  12. I was pleasantly surprised – the telethon was very well done – and the music very suited to the occasion. Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris – just wow!!

    Kudos to Archie, Kat, and Jennifer for taking part in this.

  13. Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris – just wow!!

    One of my faves…. But they were all good.

  14. Jennifer was stunning! Voice, performance, appearance!

    And I kept blinking when Madonna performed as I couldn’t believe my eyes, she looked so young. I didn’t realize it was Monte, good!

    A beautiful telethon for a very worthy cause. I wish I could hop on a plane and go over there but I have to leave it up to more able people. The important thing is that Haiti isn’t forgotten when the earthquake news fades. It’s going to take a long time to rebuild and I hope the Haitian people are employed to rebuild their nation as opposed to outsiders coming in and doing it for them while the people there remain unemployed.

  15. When Jennifer sings, it is absolutely impossible not to stop everything and watch.

  16. AMAZING. Every interpretation of that song is so different and beautiful and Jennifer’s is no exception. Just a georgous, moving preformance.

  17. Wow, Jennifer looked and sounded incredible!

    I loved the Justin Timberlake/Matt Morris performance, gave me goosebumps.

  18. Don’t worry @DavidArchie fans. I’ll make sure MTV News posts the impromptu perf on our site Monday. It’s beautiful. Not saying what song. :)
    about 1 hour ago from UberTwitter

    Do you think it’s “Imagine”? That’s my guess.

  19. I didn’t even recognize Jennifer — I couldn’t figure out who was performing Let It Be. Me = FAIL.I didn’t even recognize Jennifer — I couldn’t figure out who was performing Let It Be. Me = FAIL.

    My DH said, “Isn’t that Jennifer Hudson?” I looked and listened, and said, “No, this girl is prettier and has a nicer voice.” You bet she’s matured and lost weight. I felt so embarassed that he knew and I didn’t. Beautiful job by Jennifer!

    Yes, the Justin Timberlake/Matt Morris performance was one of the best.

    My DH said, “Isn’t that Jennifer Hudson?” I looked and listened, and said, “No, this girl is prettier and has a nicer voice.” You bet she’s matured and lost weight. I felt so embarassed that he knew and I didn’t. Beautiful job by Jennifer!

  20. I don’t know why my post appears as it does, but I could not edit it. Sorry!

  21. Haha.. I, too didn’t know it’s Jennifer! Her performance was flawless. And my, sooo impressed with Justin & Matt – the best for me tonight. T’was moving & touching.

  22. Whilst I was impressed with how they did this[ not too over the top – although for some performers it would have been nice to know who they were] I was most impressed that this was beamed totally live here to Australia [ it was 12 noon our time ] & they will have the performances available on i-Tunes here on Monday- very well organised.[ Now if Kris’s management could just do the same I’d be happy!!]

    Yes I think Jenifer & Justin’s performance were the best – it was so good to hear Justin sing properly unlike his usual song style!!I don’t know Matt Morris who sang with him – so thanks for the name?

    I thought the Gospel choir that sang Like a Prayer was great but I thought Madonna was very screechy on her high notes as if she hadn’t sung this for a while!! If it hadn’t been for the choir it would have fallen flat!!

    After watching this – I just hope that all these orphans can find a home in the not too distant future!! Also hope that lady who has lost contact with the girl she had almost adopted , finds out where she is!!

  23. I was most impressed that this was beamed totally live here to Australia

    I’m from Europe. I couldn’t sleep and was surfing tv chanbells and from what I could see they were broadcasting live in at least 4 different countries at 2 am(probably more, but these are the channels we get).

  24. As for Archie, he was sandwiched in between Neil Patrick Harris and Selena Gomez at one point. With Taylor Swift in close proximity. lol And also next to Alec Baldwin at one point.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/ayrath.jpg

    http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/ac195/davidsgirl17/tumblr_kwojczN9pj1qaamnao1_400.jpg

    http://tweetphoto.com/9326006


    Here is another photo with Archie in it.
    You can’t really see his face, but you know it’s him from the context of the other photos above. It looks like they put all the young people together, i.e. Archie, Selena, Taylor and Neil (okay, NPH is not quite as young as the other 3 but he’ll always be Doogie Howser MD to me. lol)

    I knew that was Jennifer Hudson from the get go. There’s no denying that voice. She was amazing. My other favorite performances of the night were “Hallelujah” by Justin and Matt and “Like a Prayer” by Madonna.

  25. Awesome line up. I really enjoyed the performances! I had never really listened to Beyonce before, but I have to admit, her voice is heavenly. I loved how she sang Halo, I youtubed it and how she performed it on this telethon was softer and more subdued. How does she effortlessly go from one range to another like that? Beautiful!

  26. Jennifer keeps getting better, how is that even possible!

    Her dignity makes her a perfect voice for this sad cause.

    I liked the classy choice to leave the performers’ names off, signal that it’s not about fame.

    Also liked the performance by Christine Aguilera.

  27. I enjoyed all the performances, too bad it was for such a sad cause. They put together a good show considering the short time they had to do it. I hope is raises a lot of money for everyone in need, and all the sadness. Music people along with actresses and actors really step up. Where are all the rich sport figures??? Sad to see Mohamed Ali looking so bad. I wonder how much money they raised? Any figures put out there? I wish they would have put the performers names down, but I guess it wasnt about them just the songs. They all picked some appropiate songs.

  28. This was very well done and the song choices and performers were beautiful. I’ll be buying them all on iTunes.

    Did anyone else in LA watch? I thought it was to start at 5 PM here and it didn’t. It came on suddenly at 8 and ended suddenly at 10. I’m wondering if I missed half the show.

    ETA- watching 19 performances on MTV’s site. Thank you MTV
    Weird that pic of Archie and Selena is captioned ‘Selena Gomez and guest’. I guess we’re not the only ones who don’t recognize faces. Jennifer Hudson I knew immediately. Some I had to listen to awhile before I could think of who they were.

  29. I am very pleased w/ all the performances. Justin and Matt was my favorite. Jennifer was impressive, as always.

    I will be buying the cd for sure. will it be out next week?

  30. fusion8, I just went to iTunes and the expected release is Jan. 25th. You can pre-order a pass now. It is 13 songs and they’re listed as Performance 1, etc. You can also order the entire 2 hour video.

    Having been burned on the Kris Allen pass, I’m going to wait until it’s actually available for download.

  31. Jennifer was outstanding. The performance that took me by surprise and was my favorite? The JT and Matt duet. Wow. That was so well done. Executed with such emotion and sincerity. I’ll be buying that and Jennifer’s if they are available for download.

    I agree. Overall, the show was really well done. It was tough to watch at times, particularly the reports on children. I hope the amount raised exceeded all hopes.

  32. thanks for passing along that info twigla… george clooney, mtv and all who pulled this telethon together in such a short time are to be commended – as are all the participants who gave some very moving speeches and performances… mary j. blige, wyclef jean, jennifer, john legend and stevie wonder’s really hit home… well done and executed from top to bottom.

  33. I can just ditto everyone else, all those performances were beautiful and moving.

    Was that Idol’s Matt with JT or some other Matt? How did Matt manage to get together with JT I wonder? Impressive. And the performance was beautiful. I’m not a JT fan. But this surprised me. Great sensitivity from both of them.

    Jennifer is always such a class act, such a great singer, and it was very poignant thinking about her great loss not long ago.

  34. the song performed by jay-z, rhianna and bono on last night’s telethon is number 1 on itunes – how very fitting… going to download that one now…

    Peeps who pre-order the Hope for Haiti album got that as an immediate free download, so I’m not surprised.

  35. Peeps who pre-order the Hope for Haiti album got that as an immediate free download, so I’m not surprised.

    thanks for that info mj – i’m not the best at figuring out how all the preordering stuff works, lol.. i’m going to get the whole schmoe from last night, because it was all so very well done.

  36. Hope for Haiti digital album is number one on iTunes. Based on how good the show was, the album itself will be worth having, beyond the donation to a good cause.

  37. Oh, yeah, I also loved John Legend’s performance. I forget how good he his. I may have to check out more of his stuff. Also really enjoyed Stevie (of course), Mary J. and Beyonce (have to support my hometown girl).

  38. That screen cap of Jennifer Hudson that MJ got is the most flattering photo of her I’ve ever seen. She’s looking great, but she looks uber great there.

    some people think her performance was over the top. I think it’s her way and that’s it. you like it or you don’t. She does sing super high though, which I didn’t realize before seeing this performance.

    I appreciate seeing the Madonna performance. Her voice got lower over the years, eh? She sounds okay, but she looks like she’s reaching for the whole song. It’s funny–she’s a music icon, but she’s not really a singer.

    Madonna’s chorus and choral director were incredible. One days notice–they were really sharp and together. That was amazing.

    Most of these performances were incredible that they were able to get them together so quickly. Must dig up the perf by Justin Timberlake–everyone says it was incredible.

    And that bank of phoners? Whoa. Robin William, John Cusack, Tobey McGuire–just coming by to answer some phones. Fantastic.

  39. Jennifer Hudson had one of the best performances of the night. Also liked Christina Aguilera…haven’t seen her much lately but her voice was great.

    Can’t wait to see that little performance by Archie. So proud of him for reaching out to help and being there. (Thanks Jim Cantiello)!

  40. Did anyone else in LA watch? I thought it was to start at 5 PM here and it didn’t. It came on suddenly at 8 and ended suddenly at 10. I’m wondering if I missed half the show.

    I watched from LA – the networks (the ones I checked) didn’t have it on at 5:00pm, but CNN did (until 7:00pm). Forgot to check MTV/VH1, etc, so not sure if they were live for us or not.

  41. According to people magazine, David a few others stayed after and continued to answer calls. Also, he evidently got very excited over the food table, specifically papaya. That’s our David! He loves to eat. haha!!

  42. Some other Matt.

    Thanks Will. I think when I saw the name and no last name, I assumed it was our Matt, and it looked vaguely like him.

    I actually was halfway impressed by Madonna’s singing, since she usually seems to be studio-enhanced. She sings better than I thought she did.

    I’m wondering if I missed half the show.

    It was only 8-10 here on the East coast too, as far as I saw. I think it’s pretty cool that George can get it done in 2 hours. He’s a pro. (I wonder if there was a longer version too?)

  43. Jennifer’s unreal… She and Adam are two of the best singers with the best range, and tone that I’ve ever heard… all thanks to Idol.. and Simons dumba.. never “got it”…. amazing.

  44. Thanks Buckeygirl and Oceana. It ended so abruptly – no closing comments and no crawl. It just went straight into another show.

  45. That screen cap of Jennifer Hudson that MJ got is the most flattering photo of her I’ve ever seen. She’s looking great, but she looks uber great there.

    some people think her performance was over the top. I think it’s her way and that’s it.

    That’s just crazy talk, imo, the girl knows how to sing! When I watched her I got both goosebumps and tears. I believe her emo went into her vocals and that she held back w/ the body language. She’s amazing! Are some jealous? I’m not a JenHud fan, but she’s definitely winning me over.

  46. I really can’t stop looking at this performance. Jennifer gave her all for a great cause.

    As of now Jennifer’s version of this is #97 on the overall iTunes charts and #43 on the iTunes Pop charts :)

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