NBC To Air Benefit Concert Tonight To Help OK Tornado Victims

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

(NBC News) As the recovery from last week's devastating tornados in Oklahoma continues, some of music's biggest stars are lending a helping hand.

The "Healing in the Heartland Relief Benefit Concert" will air tonight on NBC.

The numbers from last week's storms have been stunning: 24 lives lost, nearly 4,000 homes and businesses damaged and more than 1,200 buildings completely destroyed.

Oklahoma native and country music star Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert sang a tribute to the storm victims and survivors last week on NBC's "The Voice".

Tonight, they take things a step further, headlining the relief benefit concert.

"Even in a tragic situation, if there's one thing I can offer, it's music," Shelton says. "Music can help raise awareness, it can help raise money. It can shine a light on any situation."

Tickets for the concert at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena sold out in five minutes last Saturday.

The fundraiser will also feature performances from country legends Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, as well as Shelton's fellow coach on "The Voice", Usher.

Also among the acts taking part in the concert are country artists Darius Rucker and the trio Rascal Flatts.

The event will raise money for "The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornados Relief Fund".


You can donate to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado during a live benefit concert airing on WITN Wednesday 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Country music artist Blake Shelton of "The Voice" organized and will headline the telethon "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City for May 29th. Funds raised will benefit the United Way.

Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba, and Vince Gill will also perform.

"Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy," Shelton said. "This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."

The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.

Born and raised in Oklahoma and currently residing in the city of Tishomingo, the recent tragedy that struck the state this week hit close to home for Shelton.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 by calling (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

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