A jaw-dropping collection of music names, young, old, new and well-established, gathered in L.A. to record the 25th anniversary version of “We Are The World” yesterday, with proceeds from the single and music video going to Haiti earthquake relief.
The hit, originally recorded by the super-group USA for Africa, was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones.
Jennifer Hudson, who was fresh from her Grammy tribute to Michael, stopped to tell reporters that she was “excited to be here,” at the Jim Henson Company’s recording complex, reports E! Online.
“It was a very awkward feeling, to be honest,” Céline Dion admitted of singing “Earth Song” without the King of Pop present, the previous night. But she was delighted about the “amazing opportunity” to re-create what Michael, Lionel, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and fellow artists did 25 years ago.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Tonight‘s Mary Hart, who was the only TV host allowed into the recording (tune in to the show tonight to see her behind-the-scenes access), says that Jamie Foxx was using his Flip camera to record the event.
She also reveals that the late Michael Jackson will be included in the new recording. “Lionel Richie is thrilled with the turnout of stars from Pink to Jamie Foxx,” she says.
Barbra Streisand is performing a solo and Mary says, “Quincy Jones is in total control again.” Of Lionel and Quincy: “They say the intensity is 50 times greater than 1985.”
Other music stars who were spotted streaming into the studio include: Kanye West, Tony Bennett, Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Jeff Bridges, LL Cool J, lucky 15-year-old Justin Bieber, producer Sean Garrett, Wyclef Jean, Jason Mraz, Enrique Iglesias, Wedding Crashers actor Vince Vaughn, Robin Thicke, Akon, Enrique Iglesias, will.i.am, Reba McEntire, Brandy, Josh Groban, Rob Thomas, T-Pain and the Zac Brown Band.
“I’m honored Q [Quincy Jones] asked me to be a part of it and I hope people enjoy it,” LL Cool J said outside.
•Ethan Bortnick (9-year-old prodigy pianist)
•Harry Connick Jr.
•Bizzy Bones (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
•Orianthi (This Is It guitarist)
•Rickey Minor (American Idol music director)
•Earth Wind & Fire
•A.R. Rahman (Oscar winner, “Jai Ho”)