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Friday night's NBC telethon raised nearly $23 million for Sandy victims, according to reports Saturday.

The hourlong event, hosted by Matt Lauer, was heavy on stars and lyrics identified with New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area, which took the brunt of this week's deadly storm. The telethon was a mix of music, storm footage and calls for donations from Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and others.

The mood was somber but hopeful, from Christina Aguilera's Beautiful to Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer and a tearful Mary J. Blige's The Living Proof, her ballad of resilience with the timely declaration that the worst is over/I can start living now.

Jimmy Fallon led an all-star performance of the Drifters' Under the Boardwalk that featured Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Tyler.

The show ended with Springsteen and the E Street Band, tearing into Land Of Hope and Dreams.

God bless New York, Springsteen, New Jersey's ageless native son, said in conclusion. God bless the Jersey shore.

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