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Post Malone sings country, Megan Thee Stallion appears in Matthew McConaughey's We're Texas benefit show

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Matthew McConaughey put on a heck of a show Sunday night for We're Texas, a livestreamed benefit to raise funds for Texans affected by February's winter storms.

"Tonight is about helping people get back on their feet after they've gotten knocked down," McConaughey said. "It is about lending a helping hand to people who aren't just looking for a handout. It's about serving people who want to serve themselves but are having a hard time doing it right now. It is about reviving our spirit, not only in Texas, but in all of us."

Graced by a gargantuan Texas flag hanging in the background, McConaughey hosted two hours worth of testimonies and musical performances from Texans and Texas transplants alike. Between acts, McConaughey offered words of advice, spoke to the resilience of Texans and called on viewers to give back — and they listened. Through his and wife Camila's Just Keep Living Foundation, the We're Texas event raised more than $132,000 by the end of the night from viewer donations and even more from sponsors and special guests. People can still give; see the foundation's website for details.

Here are five things you missed from Sunday night's We're Texas virtual benefit.

1. McConaughey was shocked over a $500K donation

Roughly halfway through the show, Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, hopped on a video call with McConaughey. He had heard about the benefit and his work through the JKL Foundation, and Lemonis wanted to pitch in with $500,000. McConaughey repeated the number in astonishment.

"I'd like to contribute $500,000 to JKL because I trust what JKL is doing to distribute the money, but I have a caveat," Lemonis said. "I better see other businesses and other individuals calling up, going online, clicking on YouTube."

Matthew McConaughey hosted a virtual benefit show March 21 to raise funds for Texans in need.
Matthew McConaughey hosted a virtual benefit show March 21 to raise funds for Texans in need.

After announcing the donation and asking others to give, Lemonis set a definitive goal.

"It's not just my $500,000," Lemonis said. "We better get to $20 million."

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2. Post Malone showed off his country music side

McConaughey brought in 17 musicians for We're Texas, and each of them brought their own soul and style to their streamed performances.

In the spirit of the winter storms relief benefit, Don Henley and his entourage donned ear-flap hats and beanies for their performance of Jesse Winchester's song "Snow." As they sang about not having the proper gear for winter weather, Henley held a shovel like a guitar, and the rest of the group played real instruments in a blue-lit room.

Kirk Franklin gave a spirited performance of "I Smile" and closed out the performance with uplifting words and a skillful Milly Rock.

"Better days are coming," Franklin said. "I want you to keep smiling."

Other performances came from Los Lonely Boys, Willie Nelson and Miranda Lambert; Kelly Clarkson, Randy Rogers and Parker McCollum; Lukas Nelson, George Strait and Leon Bridges; Clint Black, Lyle Lovett, Khalid and Gary Clark Jr.

Kacey Musgraves gave viewers a double dose of Willie Nelson with a cover of "On the Road Again." Similarly, Post Malone switched out his usual rap music to cover some country tunes. Sipping beer and smoking a cigarette, he sang "I'm Gonna Miss Her" as the last musical act, and he closed out the show credits with "Wear the Crown."

3. McConaughey awarded relief funds onscreen

To remind viewers of why they were watching the state's best artists on YouTube, several Texans shared about how they were affected by the historic winter freeze.

Occasionally, McConaughey would start a video call with Texans who testified about their experiences and offer immediate assurance of relief. For John Paul, a farmer in Waxahachie, Texas, McConaughey offered to pay for the broken part in the farm's sprayer, which was not covered by insurance.

"You have no idea from how good that feels... having that hope to go forward," Paul said.

4. Megan Thee Stallion, Jonas Brothers gushed about their home state

Between McConaughey's interludes and the musical performances, native Texans with a claim to fame briefly shared their love for the Lone Star State.

Viewers saw brief glimpses of actors like Jamie Foxx, Renée Zellweger (in a Longhorns cap) and Jennifer Garner. Musical talents such as Megan Thee Stallion, the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez talked about their home state.

"The thing I love most about Texas is the good barbecue, good Mexican food and Southern hospitality," Gomez said.

Professional athletes, including the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, former Longhorn Colt McCoy and Dak Prescott, also shared their favorite parts about Texas.

"Texans are tough," McCoy said. "We bond together. Neighbors helping neighbors. Families helping families. Friends helping friends."

Other appearances came from Dr. Phil, Michael Strahan, and Chip and Joanna Gaines; Angie Harmon, Jordan Spieth and Miranda Lambert; Woody Harrelson, Troy Aikman and Jamie Benn; Alex Bregman, Liza Koshy and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Even non-native (and new Austinite) Joe Rogan popped in for a video call.

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5. Woody Harrelson announced his move to Austin, Texas

When it was Harrelson's turn to talk about his favorite parts of Texas, he accidentally revealed his upcoming move to Austin.

"Hello Texas. Woody Harrelson here from Austin — from Midland," Harrelson said. "I'm going to be moving to Austin, just sometimes I actually say — I'm not actually from Austin."

Despite his slip up, he shared his aspirations for the benefit.

"I am many, many miles away from you, but my heart is with you," Harrelson said. "I hope that what Matthew and Camila are doing really helps, and I'm sending my love. And then when we move there, we'll give you love in person."

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman: Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone on Matthew McConaughey Texas benefit