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Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Antebellum and More Come Together for Tornado Relief

It's hard not to laugh along with Ellen DeGeneres, even when she's keeping a straight face.
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It's hard not to laugh along with Ellen DeGeneres, even when she's keeping a straight face.

The talk-show host joined Taylor Swift in a humorous yet completely serious message encouraging viewers to donate to the American Red Cross to benefit tornado victims in the South, one of a dozen special videos that aired tonight during Music Builds: CMT's Disaster Relief Concert.

Sadly, the star-studded benefit comes only a year after a flood ravaged Nashville, prompting another benefit similar to this one.

The silver lining was that country music's finest teamed up to raised $1.7 million last year. And a bunch of 'em came back to do it again.

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Hank Williams Jr., who later pulled duty at the phone bank taking pledges, kicked things off with "I Saw the Light," accompanied by the Blind Boys of Alabama.

While more than 300 people have died in storms that raged across seven states, the hardest hit was Alabama, which lost upward of 200 people alone.

President Barack Obama offered encouraging words from a plant in Indiana, praising the police, firefighters, medical personnel, volunteers and everyone else who has been helping out at the disaster sites.

Along with Swift and DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood, Nicole Kidman, Courteney Cox, Shania Twain and University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, whose team won the NCAA championship in 2010, all took time out to make videos.

There was also footage of Sara Evans and other celebs viewing the aftermath of the storms and meeting with residents around the South.

Evans, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Dunn and Alabama all performed.

The benefit was hosted by ESPN's Erin Andrews, HLN's Robin Meade and comedian Ron White.

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