Miranda Lambert: Tears and Emotion at Oklahoma Tornado Benefit

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Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:26 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Country music star Miranda Lambert gave an already emotional Oklahoma tornado benefit a little more of a heart tug, choking back tears during the "Healing the Heartland" concert Wednesday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Lambert, wife of benefit organizer and fellow country superstar Blake Shelton, fought back tears while singing "The House that Built Me." The broadcast was aired life on NBC.

At one point during the song, Lambert had to take a moment away from the microphone to regain her composure. At the end of the song, she mouthed "Sorry" to the crowd, adding, "I love you Oklahoma."

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Lambert joined Shelton, an Oklahoma native, and other stars to raise funds for victims of the tornado that struck Oklahoma on May 20. Stars taking part in the fundraiser included Reba McEntire, Ryan Tedder, Darius Rucker, Usher, Rascal Flatts, and Luke Bryan.

Organizers have created a "Healing In the Heartland" Facebook page for donations. Those interested can also text REBUILD to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation, or call 1-800-890-4999.

The concert was just the latest effort by Shelton and Lambert to recognize those harmed by the storm. On May 21, they opened Tuesday's episode of "The Voice" with a duet in tribute to the tornado victims. The couple sang the somber "Over You" as the show called for its fans to donate to the Red Cross and its relief efforts for victim families and survivors of the store.

"I think 'Over You' was the perfect song for this situation," Shelton said after the show. "The moment was right. I wish things could have been different. I wouldn't have thought about performing a song like that, but it seemed like the right thing to do."

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Last week, Carrie Underwood, another Oklahoma native, announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross from her "Blown Away" tour's concert receipts.

"I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness," Underwood said in a statement. "With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornadoes."

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Charities See Influx of Donations for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

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