Pink, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, the Jonas Brothers, Kanye West, Tony Benner, Jennifer Hudson, Akon, Barbara Streisand, Lil Wayne, and more than 75 mega-stars including other musical luminaries gathered Monday to re-record the 1985 charity anthem “We are the world.”
They stood shoulder to shoulder on risers at Henson studios, singing their hearts out and hoping to help Haiti.
During the sesion, the musicians broke out into an acapple version of the pop classic “Lean on Me.”
“I think it’s amazing what’s been done for Haiti, but I think it’s amazing what hasn’t been done for New Orleans,” said the Crescent City native.
Quincy Jones, who produced the 1985 anthem, announced last week that he planned to redo the song to benefit recovery from the deadly Jan. 12 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.
Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, the original “We Are the World” thundered up the charts when it was released on the radio and in record stores in March 1985.
However, none of the original performers returned for the re-record.