NEW YORK - From "Living On a Prayer" to "Living Proof," every song at NBC's benefit concert for superstorm Sandy victims became a message song.
Friday's hourlong event was hosted by Matt Lauer and featured performances by Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. The show was heavy on stars and lyrics identified with New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, which took the brunt of this week's deadly storm.
The telethon was a mix of music, storm footage and calls for donations from Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and others.
The mood was somber but hopeful and included songs from Aguilera's "Beautiful" to Bon Jovi's "Living On a Prayer" and a tearful Mary J. Blige's "Living Proof."
Money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
The American Red Cross response to Sandy is very large and will be very costly, affecting a massive area spanning much of the eastern half of the country. Financial donations help the American Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-HELPNOW or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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