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Sandy benefit concert pulls down $23 million in pledges

The NBC benefit concert to help Sandy victims drew $22.9 million in donations for the American Red Cross. Benefit concert performers included Steven Tyler, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, and Mary J. Blige.

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From left to right, Steven Tyler, Jimmy Fallon, Mark Rivera, and Bruce Springsteen, perform during "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in New York. The concert raised $22.9 million in pledges for the American Red Cross.

(AP Photo/NBC, Heidi Gutman)

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NBC says its benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims drew nearly $23 million in donations to the American Red Cross.

Friday's hour-long telethon included performances by artists native to the areas hardest-hit by Sandy, including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel of New York's Long Island. Others who took part in the special included Sting, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart.

New Jersey's Jon Bon Jovi gave extra meaning to "Who Says You Can't Go Home." Billy Joel worked in a reference to Staten Island, the devastated New York City borough. The hourlong event, hosted by Matt Lauer, 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.

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