The BET network has announced the artists set to participate in its primetime telethon to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on September 9. The special, called S.O.S (Saving Ourselves): The BET Relief Telethon, will feature performances and appearances by artists with ties to the Gulf Coast area, including Wynton Marsalis, Master P, David Banner, Juvenile, Baby, and Lil Wayne.
Others set to appear on the telecast include Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, Alicia Keys, Diddy, Jay Z, Kanye West, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio “L.A” Reid, Common, Usher, Nick Cannon, Omarion, Pharrell Williams, Ciara, Ludacris, Keyshia Cole, Avant, Gerald Levert, Lyfe, Twista, Stevie Wonder, Brandy, Wyclef, Erykah Badu, Al and Star Jones Reynolds, and Chris Rock.
BET will air a special benefit episode of 106 & PARK: BET’s Top 10 Live at 6 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the S.O.S (Saving Ourselves) telethon, which will air commercial free from 7:30 to 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Toll-free phone lines to accept pledges will be open throughout both the East and West Coast broadcasts, with donations to be made to the Red Cross.