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Taylor Swift's Benefit Concert Raises $750K For Tornado Victims

Posted on Mon May 23, 2011 10:50 AM PDT

Taylor Swift is our hero!

The country songstress raised $750,000 Saturday night through a benefit concert for Alabama tornado victims, at a venue in Nashville, TN.

At $50 donation apiece, 13,000 fans got a chance to see Swift's final dress rehearsal (usually not preformed in front of an audience) for the upcoming North American leg of her Speak Now tour.

After performing her first song, Mine, Swift gushed to her fans: "Thank you so much for hanging out with us tonight. All proceeds tonight—T-shirts, merch, tickets, everything—will be going to the victims of the tornadoes. We don't have the final tally yet, but we do know, so far, that just based on tickets alone, you have raised over $750,000. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with us tonight. I cannot tell you what a difference you are making to the lives of our loved ones in the Southeast."

The North American leg of Speak Now begins Friday in Omaha.

Find out who prompted Taylor to put on the benefit concert for tornado victims, after the jump ...

Swift admits it was one of her dancers who gave her the idea to throw the concert. The singer revealed: "We were rehearsing and one of my dancers, who is from Alabama, came in and showed us a picture of a cyclone in her backyard and we were just floored. I just felt, if there was any way that I could help with the damage done and all the families who've lost their homes, then I had to think of one. It came to me really quickly that here we are at a rehearsal in an arena where there are empty seats. What if we filled those empty seats and gave all the proceeds to the victims of the tornadoes?"



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