Tuesday, February 9, 2010

We Are Still The World

On Feb. 1, nearly 80 performers recorded a new version of the 1985 smash "We Are The World," for Haiti earthquake victims. It's set to debut during the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony on Feb. 12.

Like the original recording session, a star-studded but surreal mash-up of singers showed up: From Kanye West to Jennifer Hudson,Celine Dion to Jason Mraz, Pink to Miley Cyrus. The weirdness of the lineup wasn't lost on its participants. "To be in a sandwich between Barbra Streisand and Weezy [Lil Wayne] was an experience I don't think I'll ever have again," said Josh Groban -- who got to sing Kenny Rogers' original line. You and me both, Groban.

Actors Vince Vaughn and Jeff Bridges showed up, too, and while that's a little odd, their participation wasn't anywhere as startling as one particular face in the crowd during the original session. You know, the appearance that caused the entire world to pause their VCRs and go, "Hey, what's Dan Aykroyd doing there?".

Here's the original version:

1 comment:

Deanna said...

He was a Blues Brother. That qualifies him as a singer.