Hand in Hand Telethon Raises More Than $44 Million for Hurricane Relief . . . and Counting

Hand in Hand Telethon Raises More Than $44 Million for Hurricane Relief . . . and Counting

More than 100 celebrities in three cities teamed up for a multi-network telethon last night (Sept. 12) that has raised more than $44 million for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

The hour-long telethon—Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief—was staged live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Times Square in New York and the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles.

Country stars who participated in the event included Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Connie Britton, Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Brett Eldredge, Charles Esten, Sara Evans, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne, Brad Paisley, Jon Pardi, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell and Chris Young.

Performances included, among others:

  • Blake Shelton teamed with Usher for a rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.”
  • Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Demi Lovato and CeCe Winas performed the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
  • George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett performed “If It Wasn’t for Texas” and “I Believe.”

You can still donate:

  • Call 1-800-258-6000 to donate by credit card (toll free in the US and Canada)
  • Make a $25 donation by texting “GIVE” to 80077 on mobile phones
  • Donate via the web HERE

You can watch the entire benefit below:
“Stand By Me” (8:48 mark)
“With a Little Help From My Friends” (36:58 mark)
“If It Wasn’t for Texas” and “I Believe” (52:32 mark)

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson