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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert deliver emotional performance for Oklahoma tornado victims on The Voice before two acts are eliminated.
The mentor- who has three contestants in the program like Adam Levine – began the show by singing with wife Miranda Lambert for those affected in his home state.
The couple paid tribute to the natural disaster in the city of Moore by singing Over You.
Darius Rucker has been open about the inspiration that transpired when he heard the classic ‘Wagon Wheel’ at his daughter’s high school talent show. However, he probably didn’t expect to be slammed with a racist tweet following some criticism over the song.
Twitter has become a major way for country stars to connect with their fans, but one social media user, identified only as pqkullman (account has since been deleted), took advantage of the anonymity of the internet, tweeting to Rucker, “Leave country to the white folk.”
Rucker was understandably offended, as he replied, “WOW. Is this 2013 or 1913[?]” He added, “Ill take my grand ole Opry membership and leave your racism. Wow.”
“Gotta go to bed this has been hilarious tonight,” the 47-year-old ‘Alright’ hitmaker concluded. “If any hater thinks I care what u think. I don’t make music for u. So don’t listen.”
Rucker has much to be proud of with the music he makes, including his recent music video for ‘Wagon Wheel,’ which includes fellow country music artists Lady Antebellum and the cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. His induction into the Grand Ole Opry is truly a testament to the achievements he’s made in country music and a tribute to the future impact he’ll continue to make.
The former Hootie & the Blowfish singer’s newest album was released Tuesday (May 21), and he’s currently out on his fun-filled True Believers Tour with Rodney Atkins, Justin Moore and Jana Kramer. Hopefully he can forget about the “hater” and focus on all of his fans who are rooting for him.
The state of Oklahoma has literally been picking up the pieces since multiple twisters ripped through several towns this week, taking the lives of many. Oklahoma is the home of Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, among others, but country stars all across the board were sending out their heartfelt wishes and prayers to those affected by the storms. Here is what some of them had to say earlier this week.
Carrie Underwood: "Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen...it doesn't change how devastating it is when something does happen ... I'm thinking about and praying for my beautiful home state and the people in it tonight."
Toby Keith: "This storm has devastated the community that I grew up in. I rode my bike through those neighborhoods. I have family and friends in Moore. My heart and prayers go to those that have lost so much. But Moore is strong and we will persevere. God be with you all."
Miranda Lambert: "Pray. That's all we an do. Pray for peace for Oklahoma."
Dierks Bentley: "heart goes out to the folks in moore and oklahoma. #prayforoklahoma"
Brad Paisley: "Heartbreaking watching the coverage about Oklahoma. Pray for these families."
LeAnn Rimes: "The devastation in Oklahoma is heartbreaking. I hope everyone effected can find some kind of safety and peace tonight."
John Oates: "My family and I send our thoughts, love and prayers to families affected by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma."
Zac Brown Band: "It seems like events of large magnitude and heartache happen more frequently these days. Do what you can to help others if you're able."
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