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Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert - Season 2013

Pictures: Oklahoma Concert



"I'm here tonight with some of my closest friends from Oklahoma and beyond... We're doing a TV show so we can raise as much money as humanly possible."

-Blake Shelton



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Organizations helping displaced residents are expected to see an influx of cash from the "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert" at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City that was held Wednesday. The money goes directly to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, which will distribute funding agencies helping in relief and recovery efforts for those affected by the May 20 tornado.

 

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The concert featured heartfelt performances by Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert, Reba McIntyre, Rascal Flatts and others.

It closed with a duet between Oklahoma-born country singer Blake Shelton, who is a judge on NBC singing competition "The Voice," and Grammy winning R&B star Usher. They sang "Home", co-written and recorded by crooner Michael Buble.

People who lined up outside the arena in heavy rain before the telethon said they were happy to have an opportunity to help their neighbors and enjoy a night of country music.

Singer Blake Shelton, a native of Ada, kicked off the concert with a version of his song "God Gave Me You."

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The televised event also included recorded video pleas from Oklahoma native Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, Moore native Toby Keith, Ellen Degeneres and Jay Leno.

Here's a selection of concert pictures
From NBC Universal via the AP

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This image released by NBC Universal shows country singer Darius Rucker during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Wednesday, May 29,2013. Funds raised by the benefit will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, for recovery efforts for those affected by the May 20 tornado. (AP Photo/NBC, Brett Deering)


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Country singer Blake Shelton, left is shown on stage with Alyson Costilla, second left, 18, and her family during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert


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Country singer Blake Shelton, right above and left below with Usher during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla

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Members of the Rascal Flatts, Joe Don Rooney, left, and Gary LeVox during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla

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Luke Bryan during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert


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Country singer Miranda Lambert, right, during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert


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An NBC Universal photo shows country singer Reba McEntire during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla
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Vince Gill


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Miranda Lambert
 


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