It barreled into the Florida Keys on Sunday, where 90 percent of homes are believed to be destroyed or heavily damaged.
Following the fallout of Hurricane Irma swiftly on the heels of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, the telethon changed its name to include funds for victims of both massive storms. Apple donated $5 million, while Albertson's and Merck each donated $1 million.
The show featured celebrities like George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jared Leto, Jeremy Renner, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Dave Matthews, Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, Justin Bieber and Travis Scott.
Some of the biggest monetary contributions came from Michael and Susan Dell, who matched the first $ 10 million of the night - They've now given a total of $41 million to the Rebuild Texas Fund. The song, which was also accompanied by a choir, seemed very apt for the advocacy of the telethon. It will air live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Bravo, Univision, BET, CMT, E!, MTV, HBO, and Oxygen.
Now, after the further devastation of the past few days, the one-hour telethon will also help raise money for relief efforts surrounding Hurricane Irma - which ravaged Florida over the weekend.More news: Rohingya insurgents declare temporary ceasefire to allow aid
"It's nationwide routing but you know that we're participating right here in the community to give back to those who have been impacted", Smith says. "We're all in this together".
"We come together today to love on people that have been devastated by the hurricanes", Stevie Wonder said at the start of the telethon.
The one-hour event will culminate in a live performance finale from George Strait's benefit concert in San Antonio, Texas, which will feature Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, according to Billboard. "That's a gift." "When a tragedy like this happens, and it's a natural disaster, you don't want to feel alone", said actress Marcia Gay Harden.