Among the highlights of the who’s who of the music industry turned out for the photo op- er- charity event were:
Pink, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nick Jonas, LL Cool J, Robin Thicke, Celine Dion, Akon, Rob Thomas, Wyclef, Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn, Barbra Streisand, Jordin Sparks, Good Charlotte's Madden brothers, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Katharine McPhee, Sean Garrett, Will.I.Am, Carlos Santana, Melanie Fiona, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton, Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus, Busta Rhymes, Nicole Scherzinger, Nicole Richie, , Julianne Hough, Raphael Saadiq, Zac Brown, India.Arie, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Musiq Soulchild, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Fonzworth Bentley, Kid Cudi, Iyaz, Usher, Bizzy Bone, Nipsey Hussle, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, Mya and Gladys Knight.
Hell, even Michael Jackson's orphans turned out for a poetry reading mid-track.
In a statement about the "musical happening", producer Quincy stated:
"Twenty five years ago, the entertainment industry showed the power of community to help our fellow man when we recorded 'We Are the World' to bring relief to those suffering from famine in Ethiopia. And while the need to assistant Africa continues, today the country of Haiti is suffering immeasurably from the destruction due to the recent earthquake and is in immediate need of relief that will last long after the television cameras have left. As artists, we have joined together on this 25th anniversary and in the spirit of 'We Are the World' to help meet that need."
Proceeds from the sale of the song (which between you and I will no doubt be as unlistenable as the original was), along with the accompanying music video, will go directly to earthquake relief for Haiti. The video is set to premier on February 12, during NBC's coverage of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 winter Olympic Games.
For those of you old enough to remember, you will recall that the original "We are the World" was recorded 25 years ago in order to combat African famine (it is important to note that even after the release of the song and video, Africa remained in a state of famine).
Not to sound like an uncaring prick but with all the celebrity telethons and fundraisers, the cell phone donation campaigns, and now the new "We are the World" cover fixing to drop next Friday, Haiti had better look like Dubai when the rebuild is all said and done.
And now... as a special treat to those of you too young to have experienced the legendary musical photo-op, let's clean our palates with the triple OG version of "We are the World"...