Miranda Lambert may have ruined her reputation as a tough girl on Wednesday night, but her tears made for an incredibly moving performance of her hit song “The House That Built Me.”
The country star choked back tears as she sang the deeply personal song during the “Healing In The Heartland” benefit concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Miranda Lambert is an Oklahoma native and still lives in the state with her husband of two years, Blake Shelton. Shelton, a judge on NBC’s The Voice, organized the benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims.
At one point during her song, Lambert had to step back from the microphone as she sang about her mom and dad creating their dream home in Oklahoma.
A verse about planning the home, which says, “Mama cut out pictures of houses for years,” got Lambert so choked up that she aimed her mic at the crowd to let them finish out the verse. She was able to regain her composure and finish the song, but not without wiping away tears.
At the end of it, Miranda Lambert mouthed, “Sorry,” to the crowd. She added, “I love you Oklahoma.” Along with Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Ryan Tedder, Darius Rucker, Usher, Rascal Flatts, and Luke Bryan performed to raise funds for victims of the EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Oklahoma on May 20.
The twister hit two elementary schools, a medical center, and hundreds of houses, killing 24 people. Vince Gill, who also calls Oklahoma his home, dedicated “Threaten Me with Heaven” to “the 24 people that didn’t make it.”
The show lasted an hour and aired on NBC, along with several other stations. Shelton kicked it off with a performance of his hit “God Gave Me You,” before he explained how viewers and attendees can donate to the relief efforts. Shelton also sang a duet with Usher, Michael Buble’s “Home.” It was the only collaboration of the night.
Tickets for the Oklahoma benefit sold out in five minutes. Those wishing to donate to the tornado relief fund can do so by visiting the “Healing In The Heartland” Facebook page. You can also test “Rebuild” to 52000 to make a donation of $10.