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Adam Sandler's 'Hallelujah' takes center stage at 12-12-12 concert

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Just about every big-name arena act took the stage at the 12-12-12 concert for Sandy relief Wednesday night, but it was Adam Sandler's musical performance that had everyone talking.

The actor's colorful rendition of "Hallelujah" had the crowd in stitches and the Twitterverse buzzing.

"Hallelujah,
Sandy screw ya,
We'll get through ya,
Cause we're Neeeew Yorkers."

The comedic version of the well-known song quickly trended on Twitter, with posters citing the parts of the song that got political. Sandler profanely poked fun at Anthony Weiner's Twitter scandal and Mayor Bloomberg's ban on large soft drinks.

“The Bed Bug scare of 2010,

The Lohans getting busted again and again…

The Mayor's ban on 32 ounce Mountain Dew-yaaa.”

But the tone of the evening was more serious before Sandler’s song as music greats took the stage to raise money for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. The performers, wearing mostly black and gray onstage, encouraged people to call and donate money to help those affected by the devastating storm.

Jersey shore hero Bruce Springsteen kicked off the show at 7:30 p.m. and addressed the rebuilding process ahead of his song "My City of Ruins.” He then invited New Jersey neighbor Jon Bon Jovi to join him for a duet.

This was only one of the many artist pairings of the nearly six-hour concert.

Coldplay’s Chris Martin surprised fans by bringing R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe on stage with him to perform “Losing My Religion.”

But by far the most interesting grouping of the night was the Nirvana reunion that took place on stage. Sir Paul McCartney played the role of Kurt Cobain with Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. The group played a new punk song.

The sold-out "12-12-12" concert was shown on 37 television stations in the United States and more than 200 others worldwide. It was to be streamed on 30 websites.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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