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Celebrities can tweet condolences all they want, but Blake Shelton is putting his money (and his guitar) where his mouth is when it comes to those affected by the Oklahoma tornado.
"The Voice" judge opened Tuesday night's show by performing an acoustic version of "Over You" alongside wife Miranda Lambert while donation information for The Red Cross was presented on screen. The couple originally co-wrote the song in honor of Blake’s older brother, who passed away when he was a teenager.
"I think 'Over You' was the perfect song for this situation," Shelton said later on. "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."
Following Shelton's touching tribute, the Oklahoma native revealed he and NBC have started to organize a benefit concert for the victims of the tornado that killed at least 24 people, nine being children.
"We'll know more about it in the next 24 hours," Shelton told Billboard. "I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously, it will be televised and will happen really quickly."
Shelton grew up about 75 miles south of where the tornado struck in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, and the couple currently lives about 100 miles away from Moore.
It's very likely that Shelton will recruit a slew of high-powered performers for his benefit concert. "I can call in some pretty big favors," Shelton said. "The Voice" judges, both ex and current, which include Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Shakira, and Usher would seem to be likely candidates. Plus, we wouldn't be surprised if Shelton's wife, Lambert, and close pals Kelly Clarkson and Sheryl Crow joined too.
Shelton certainly isn't the only star rushing to help the tornado victims.
Oklahoma City Thunder all-star forward Kevin Durant donated $1 million to The Red Cross, which the team pledged to match along with the NBA and National Basketball Players Association.
Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp, who is from Oklahoma City, also got in on the action:
Darius Rucker is fighting back -- and with good cause. The country singer has responded to a racist tweet that was sent his way after he covered Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel" at the Grand Ole Opry on Sunday, May 19.
A Twitter user wrote to the "True Believers" singer, who is African-American: "Leave country to the white folk."
The former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman re-tweeted the comment and wrote back, "WOW. Is this 2013 or 1913? I'll take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow."
As fans quickly tweeted their support to Rucker, he assured everyone that the racist comment wouldn't get the best of him.
"Gotta go to bed this has been hilarious tonight," he wrote. "If any hater thinks I care what u think. I don't make music for u. So don't listen."
In the past, Rucker, 47, has been vocal about dealing with racism throughout his life.
"I grew up in South Carolina my whole life and not that South Carolina is any more racist than New York City but I experienced it a lot," he told ABC News in 2000. "The funny thing is that people think a lot of Americans don't think this is true, but I experience racism almost every day."
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Asked how people can change the perception towards minorities, he responded, "We have to as a country all step up to it and say what's wrong and tell people I don't feel that way and don't talk that way around me."
Rucker's True Believers album was released on May 21. He moved from rock to country in 2008 with the release of his Learn to Live album.