Blake Shelton teams with this R&B superstar in uplifting telethon performance YouTube/Sport & Music

Stars from all genres came out to help raise money for the people who have been devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma during the Sept. 12 “Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” telethon, which was broadcast across multiple networks. Blake Shelton, who hosted a portion of the live event from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, took the stage to perform Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” with Texas native and fellow “The Voice” co-star Usher.

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In this video, Usher sings the first verse a cappella. Not long after that, Blake adds his crooning southern vocals, and offers some beautiful sounds on acoustic guitar. At one point during the song the crowd begins to sing along in unison, which makes the performance even more magical.

“Hand in Hand,” which also broadcast live from New York and Los Angeles, helped benefit the United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

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Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas on August 25, killing more than 50 people and damaging more than 200,000 homes. Less than a two weeks later, Florida endured similar devastation from Hurricane Irma that left entire neighborhoods under water.

Our hearts continue to go out to the families who were affected by the hurricanes.

By the end of the broadcast, the telethon had raised more than $14.5 million, but donations were continuing to pour in.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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