[artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] is doing her part to help out her hometown of Nashville to repair the damage this week’s flooding has done to homes and landmarks throughout the city. The country superstar has donated $500,000 to flood relief in the area.
The announcement was made during Thursday night’s “Flood Relief with Vince Gill and Friends,” a telethon held on local station WSMV, according to The Associated Press. Swift appeared on the special from her tour stop in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly,” Swift told the AP in an e-mail. “Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis.”
On Wednesday, the singer tweeted about the destruction the flooding has brought to one of Nashville’s landmarks. “Please keep Nashville in your heart,” wrote Swift, 20, who moved to the city when she was 14. “Seeing a picture of the Grande Ole Opry halfway underwater was a kind of heartbreak I can’t describe.”
At the Met Costume Institute Gala in New York earlier this week, Swift told E! News, “Right now Nashville is under water. We had the worst storm in 35 years, so please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. A lot of people back home are not doing well.”
Swift is one of many Nashville superstars lending their support to the ravaged area. Ke$ha, who grew up in Nashville , announced a flood benefit concert to be held June 16 at the Limelight entertainment venue in Nashville.
“I’m thrilled to announce that I will be playing a show to help benefit Nashville, my hometown,” the “Tik Tok” singer said in a press release. “One hundred percent of the profits from ticket sales will go to help the victims of these devastating floods. Nashville helped shape me as an artist and as a person, and my love for this city is beyond words. I will continue to do anything I can to help rebuild this city and support the families and animals who have been affected by this tragedy.
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