THERE were plenty of pre-Golden Globe awards parties over the weekend, but it was the surprise performance by U2 that helped make the Help Haiti Home benefit the most exciting.
U2 took to the stage at the Montage Beverly Hills in Los Angeles on Saturday night, where a string of well-known faces turned out to support Sean Penn's third annual fundraiser in aid of the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation.
U2 performed three songs for the glittering room of attendees, with father-of-four Bono (53) also providing an acoustic rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' with Haitian singer Anaelle Jean-Pierre.
Other acts to perform included Israeli musician Asaf Avidan.
Dublin-based U2 are currently in Hollywood for the 71st Golden Globes awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton last night.
The band was nominated in the Best Original Song category for their track 'Ordinary Love', which features on the soundtrack of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', a moving film that tells the story of the late Mandela's life.
British star Idris Elba was nominated for the Best Actor last night for his portrayal of Mandela.