Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli will be collaborating at Sunday's Grammy Awards to sing Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" as a tribute to the victims of the Haitian earthquake. The idea was hatched during a brainstorming session about Blige's performance.
"Myself, [producer] David Foster and [record exec] Ron Fair, we were brainstorming about the Grammys, and we felt that it was important for Haiti to understand that we are their bridge right now over troubled water," she told MTV News on Wednesday night at the Essence Black Women in Music event in Hollywood. "And we'll lay ourselves down for them to get over, and that's why we did it."
Blige didn't want to give too much away about the performance. "Just expect for the people of Haiti to be blessed by it — through prayers, through wallets being opened up, through people going over there," she promised.
The special fundraising segment of Sunday night's program will be released as an iTunes/Target.com download following the telecast, and all proceeds from its sale will go to the American Red Cross for earthquake recovery efforts in the devastated Caribbean island nation. Blige provided one of the emotional highlights of last week's "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon with her take on the traditional folk song "Hard Times Come Again No More." To date, the event has raised more than $61 million for earthquake relief.
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