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Taylor Swift -- who moved to Nashville when she was 14 -- is donating $500,000 to flood relief in the southern city.

"Being at home during the storm, I honestly could not believe what was happening to the city and the people I love so dearly," Swift, 20, told The Associated Press in an e-mail. "Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. I have always been proud to be a Nashvillian, but especially now, seeing the love that runs through this city when there are people in crisis."

Floors have killed 30 in three states, including 20 in Tennessee. Swift's money will go to various relief organizations (cleanup and repair is expected to cost more than $1 billion).

A telethon -- featuring Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Rodney Atkins -- is slated for May 16. Pop singer Kei$ha, who hails from Nashville, also announced plans for a benefit concert.