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Blake Shelton and NBC planning benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm •  Published: May 22, 2013
THE VOICE -- Episode 102 -- Pictured: Blake Shelton -- Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC
THE VOICE -- Episode 102 -- Pictured: Blake Shelton -- Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC

Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton and NBC have begun organizing a benefit concert for the victims of the devastating Oklahoma tornado in his home state, according to Billboard.

On Monday afternoon, a massive tornado tore through Moore, killing at least 24 people and ravaging houses, schools and businesses.

“We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” the Ada native told Billboard after Tuesday’s live edition of “The Voice.” “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.”

While pointing to his fellow coach on “The Voice,” Usher, Shelton told the trade publication, “I can call in some really big favors.”

As previously reported, Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert, who live in Tishomingo, opened Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice” with a heartfelt acoustic rendition of Lambert’s emotional chart-topper “Over You.” The couple co-wrote the song about the death of Shelton’s brother, Richie, in a car accident. The song has earned song of the year honors from the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association.

“I think it was the perfect song for this situation,” Shelton told Billboard. “The moment was right and I wish things would’ve been different and I wouldn’t have been thinking about performing a song like that.”

To see the video of their performance, click here.

Also as previously reported, with less than a minute left on Tuesday’s live results show, “The Voice” host Carson Daly revealed that Muskogee’s The Swon Brothers, who are on Team Blake, received enough public votes to advance to the Top 8 on the hit reality TV show. To watch their dramatic “save” on the show, click here.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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