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will.i.am raises millions for charity at pre-Grammy Awards gig

Rapper will.i.am raised more than $2.4 million for charity at a star-studded pre-Grammy Awards concert in Los Angeles this week (beg20Jan14).

The Black Eyed Peas star organized Thursday's (23Jan14) Trans4m charity concert to raise funds for his i.am.angel Foundation, which provides educational support for disadvantaged kids in L.A.

The 2014 event, held just days before the Grammy Awards on Sunday (26Jan14), featured performances from acts including Busta Rhymes and Chaka Khan, as well as will.i.am himself, and raised more than $2.4 million, according to Billboard.com.

will.i.am says of the achievement, "People are coming to the Grammys just to celebrate, and when you put purpose in the room, people inherently, they want to do good."

Guests included fellow Black Eyed Peas member Taboo, actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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