Mary J. Blige joining Sandy benefit concert

Mary J. Blige joining Sandy benefit concert

Credit: Getty Images for Caesars Enterta

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 01: Mary J. Blige attends The Escape To Total Rewards at Woldenberg Park on March 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

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Associated Press

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mary J. Blige and HBO are joining NBC and its benefit concert Friday for Superstorm Sandy victims.

The telethon is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Eastern and Western times, with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Sting and others performing to benefit the American Red Cross and its disaster relief efforts.

Blige was a late addition to the guest list. Actor James Gandolfini and comic Jon Stewart, who are both heavily identified with New Jersey, will also participate. The brunt of the storm hit New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area.

NBC and its cable affiliates, including E!, USA, CNBC and MSNBC, are all airing it. HBO, Discovery Fit & Health and Velocity have also signed on.

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