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New York and New Jersey’s Favorite Sons and Daughters Turned Out for NBC’s Hurricane Sandy Benefit Show

Last night, 30 Rock was the scene of a benefit concert reminiscent of the one that aired after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, netting $50 million for the Red Cross. The Sandy telethon — which, like the Katrina version, was headlined by Lauer and benefitted the Red Cross — brought together an impressive lineup of New York and New Jersey natives. Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera, who opened the evening with “Beautiful,” was followed by Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi (whose performance featured footage of his own storm-ravaged Jersey hometown), Steven Tyler (Yonkers), and — of course — Bruce Springsteen, who capped the night off with “Land of Hope and Dreams.” (Brooklyn-born Jimmy Fallon and naturalized New Yorker Tina Fey also made non-musical appearances, along with Jon Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg.) The complete two-hour show can be streamed here.

NBC Stages Hurricane Sandy Benefit Show