After taking a year off, “Idol Gives Back” returned last night and used the enormous American Idol fan base to raise over $15 million for charity.

The two and a half hour special featured performances by Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood, Joss Stone and Jeff Beck, Alicia Keys, Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas. Annie Lennox was unable to perform live due to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano eruption last week. Not wanting to miss out on the event, Lennox made her appearance via satellite from London.

Other stars in attendance included George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Victoria Beckham, Queen Latifah, Jim Carrey, Common, Jonah Hill, and Russell Brand.

The money raised from the star-studded event will benefit Children’s Health Fund, Feeding America, Malaria No More, Save the Children, and the United Nations Foundation.

“We are delighted and honored to be the recipient of ‘Idol Gives Back’ and its viewers’ generosity for the third time,” said Irwin Redlener, MD, President, Children’s Health Fund. “Thanks to their incredible support, Children’s Health Fund has been able to provide care to families in Southern Arizona and all over the country through more than 650,000 health care visits.”

The $15 million worth of donations will be added to the more than $140 million that “Idol Gives Back” raised in previous years.