Blake Shelton's Oklahoma benefit concert set for May 29
Blake Shelton's benefit concert for the victims affected by the tornado in Oklahoma has a date set for May 29 and will include performances by high-profile country music stars.
Shelton initially announced that he was planning a concert for Oklahoma earlier this week. Shelton grew up in Ada, Okla.
The concert, which will be called "Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert," will feature performances by Shelton, his wife Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. Additional guests will be announced later, according to a statement by NBC.
The event will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and NBC will air the concert live at 9 p.m. ET/PT on May 29. The concert will also be broadcast on Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT.
"Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy," Shelton said in a statement on Friday, May 24. "This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero."
The concert will raise money for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Tickets for the concert went on sale on Saturday, May 25.
Shelton paid tribute to the victims affected by the tornado on "The Voice" on Tuesday, May 21, by performing an acoustic version of "Over You" with wife Miranda Lambert. The two co-wrote the song for Lambert's 2012 album "Four the Record" as a tribute to Shelton's brother, who died when Shelton was a teen.
The Associated Press reported earlier this week that at least 24 people were killed Monday afternoon in Moore, Okla., after an F-5 tornado with 200 mph winds touched down for 40 minutes.
Shelton isn't the only Oklahoma native pitching in to help the relief effort. Singer Carrie Underwood has said she is donating $1 million in proceeds from her recent Blown Away Tour to the Red Cross for disaster relief, according to the AP. Underwood grew up in Checotah, Okla.