Tsunami benefit could reach 1 billion viewers.
More than 11,000 fans gathered at Bangkok's Impact Arena tonight (Feb. 3) to see major Asian and international acts perform at the MTV Asia Aid concert. The show was held to raise money for organizations working to help the victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami.
Alicia Keys hosted the event, which featured performances by Asha Bhosle, Bird Thongchai McIntryre, Hoobastank, Good Charlotte, Jay Chou, Kelly Clarkson, Namie Amuro, Rain, Simple Plan, Siti Nurhaliza, Slank and Tata Young. It also featured a performance by Ireland's Ronan Keating filmed last weekend in Phuket, Thailand, which was hard hit by the tsunami.
Sending taped messages of support were United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, 50 Cent, Ashanti, Black Eyed Peas, Bryan Adams, Enrique Iglesias, Franz Ferdinand, Jackie Chan, Jennifer Lopez, Joss Stone, Keane, Moby, Nelly, Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams, Shakira and Sting.
MTV Asia Aid will be broadcast on MTV channels around the world to a potential viewing audience of 1 billion people. MTV says that through additional rights and cost-free syndication of the show to broadcasters, it hopes to have the show seen in more than three-quarters of the world's television households.
MTV originally planned the event as its annual MTV Asia Awards show, but "repositioned" it as MTV Asia Aid following the tsunami. The network adds that there will still be MTV Asia Awards 2005 programming on MTV Asia channels, announcing the winners.