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January 21, 2010

Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke headline BET Haiti telethon in Miami hosted by Queen Latifah & Diddy

There are tons of parties and events going on during Super Bowl weekend, but none more important and worthy of our attendance than BET Network's SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti benefit at the American Airlines Arena on February 5. Hosted by Queen Latifah, Pharrell Williams,  and Sean Combs, the nationally televised concert and telethon will benefit several organizations providing immediate relief in Haiti including Yéle Haiti, CARE and Project Medishare. The three-hour telecast will air live on BET, Centric, MTV and VH1 beginning at 8 p.m. and will include appearances and performances by Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Robin Thicke, Wyclef, Lil Wayne, Drake, Keri Hilson, Pitbul, Akon, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Monica, Kirk Franklin, Nas, Damian Marley, Busta Rhymes, India Arie and more to be announced.  In addition to the musical performances, the event will feature some heavy hitter celebrities answering phones during the telethon. Among them: Trey Songz, Common, David Banner, Missy Elliott, Gloria Estefan, Pete Wentz, Chrisette Michelle, Jeremih, The Dream, Jason Derulo, T-Pain and Sean Kingston. BET selected Miami as host city "given its close proximity to Haiti and [the fact that it] is home to the largest population of Haitian Americans." BET is also involved with George Clooney's telethon airing Friday. Tickets to the benefit concert will be available on Ticketmaster.com and at the American Airlines Arena box office. No word on how much they will be, or on whether Kanye West, banned from Clooney's benefit, was invited to this one or if he'll just have to purchase tickets like the rest of us. Tickets, incidentally, are $400, $200, $100, $30 and $20 and are available at 1-800-745-3000 and at Ticketmaster.com or here.