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Blake Shelton Tornado Relief Concert Raises $6 Million

Proceeds will help Oklahomans recover from deadly twister

Usher and Blake Shelton perform during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Trae Patton/NBC via Getty Images
May 31, 2013 9:50 AM ET

Blake Shelton's "Healing in the Heartland" benefit concert raised more than $6 million for victims of a deadly tornado last week in Oklahoma, The Associated Press reports. Proceeds from ticket sales and pledges will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma. 

Blake Shelton, Usher Sing 'Home' at Oklahoma Benefit Concert

Shelton headlined the televised concert, which also included performances by Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts, along with Usher, Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan. Shelton and Usher closed the show with a duet on Michael Bublé's song "Home."

The May 20th tornado killed 24 people, including seven children, when it struck Moore, Oklahoma, and surrounding towns. The twister was ranked an EF-5, the most powerful classification for tornadoes.

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