Blake Shelton plans Oklahoma tornado benefit concert
Oklahoma native Blake Shelton opened last night’s Voice results show with an emotional ballad dedicated to the victims of Monday’s horrific tornado. He sang “Over You” with his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, as the Red Cross’s phone number flashed onscreen.
And themusician isn’t stopping there. Shelton annouced last night that he’s also organizing a benefit concert for tornado victims that will air sometime soon on NBC.
Though details are sparse thus far, Shelton expects the benefit to come together quickly: “We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Shelton told Billboard Tuesday after The Voice. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” If this concert follows the model of NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together benefit, it should air by this Friday. (That telethon, too, was thrown together after a natural disaster that occurred on a Monday.)
It’s likely that Shelton’s fellow Voice coaches Adam Levine, Usher, Shakira, and possibly even Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green will be involved in some capacity — “I can call in some really big favors,” Shelton said, pointing to Usher. Other singers with Oklahoma connections, including Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, and Trisha Yearwood, seem good bets to participate as well.
The tornado killed at least 24 people, leveling schools, hospitals, and hundreds of homes in Moore, Okla. and Oklahoma City.
See Shelton and Lambert’s powerful performance of “Over You” below.