Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum + More Perform for MDA Labor Day Telethon
In the spirit of working hard to help others this Labor Day, some of country music's most iconic stars came together and lent their talents to a good cause. Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker performed on the MDA Labor Day Telethon this weekend, which directly benefited those with muscular dystrophy in a really big way.
The 46th annual prime-time televised telethon aired on Sept. 4, and was packed to the brim with all-star entertainment. "So glad to be here at the Grand Ole Opry on such a special night," McBride said as she opened the show, adding, "I want to invite you all to make a muscle and make a difference," which enticed the audience to show her their muscles.
McBride delivered a jaw-dropping rendition of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,' and during the performances, MDA highlighted four special young people struggling with neuromuscular disease to give the disease a face and make the cause seem more real to viewers who may not be directly affected. Rucker laid down his single, 'I Got Nothin',' while Lady A delivered 'Just a Kiss' to the Opry crowd.
The MDA Labor Day Telethon ran until midnight -- a total of six hours. While host Jerry Lewis, who led the telethon from 1966 until 2010, was absent, the show went on to raise $61.5 million last night alone.
Watch Martina McBride Perform 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'
Watch Lady Antebellum Perform 'Just a Kiss'