Blake Shelton's fellow judge on "The Voice" and Hootie & the Blowfish singer set for benefit for tornado victims
Usher and Darius Rucker have been added to the lineup of performers set to hit the stage for Wednesday’s “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert,” NBC announced Monday.
The show has been organized and will be headlined by Blake Shelton. Others set to perform include Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, as well as Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill.
Usher is a coach alongside Shelton on NBC’s “The Voice” and is a multi-platinum recording artist. He's been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 44 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards.
Rucke (photo below), who has been the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish since the band was formed in 1986, is now a certified country performer. His latest album, “True Believers,” included the release of single “Wagon Wheels,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart.
Tickets for the concert went on sale Saturday morning and sold out in under five minutes. The event will take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
The concert will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. It will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.
“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. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”
The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the Fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.