On February 1, the music industry’s hit-makers won’t all be rushing home with their Grammy Awards. Many of them will be staying in Los Angeles for an extra day, as Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie celebrate the 25th anniversary of “We Are the World” by recording a new version of the track to benefit Haiti.
According to Billboard, Usher, Natalie Cole and John Legend have already been asked to headline the new version of the 1985 hit, written by Richie and Michael Jackson. Sting, Fergie, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake may also join the collaboration, as well as any Grammy nominees and participants who are willing. The anniversary event was originally set to take place January 28, but plans changed when the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince last week.
Though final details have not been solidified, it’s expected that Jackson’s memory will somehow be invoked in the production. AEG, which is producing a 3-D tribute to Jackson during the Grammys, is also co-producing the charity single.
The original “We Are the World” brought together artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper to aid famine victims in Africa. This new version joins a slew of other projects to aid Haiti, including MTV’s “Hope for Haiti Now” benefit and a charity single being produced by “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell .
Learn more about what you can do to help with earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti , and for more information, see Think MTV. Join George Clooney and Wyclef Jean for MTV’s “Hope for Haiti” telethon , airing commercial-free Friday, January 22, at 8 p.m. ET.