[artist id="854"]Mary J. Blige[/artist] delivered yet again, this time with a moving performance of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at Sunday night’s (January 31) Grammy Awards, following her recent performance during the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon .
Blige and opera star Andrea Bocelli stepped onstage after an introduction by Wyclef Jean and partnered for a heartfelt collaboration.
Blige has already contributed to the Haitian relief effort following the devastating earthquake that struck the tiny country. Her take on “Hard Times Come Again No More” was one of the highlights of the George Clooney-led occasion.
But Blige said the island nation needs continued support. The singer, along with a producer and record executive, thought the Grammy Awards would be another opportunity to raise awareness for Haiti. “Myself, David Foster and 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,” Blige told MTV News earlier this week about the number. “And we’ll lay ourselves down for them to get over, and that’s why we did it.”
“Bridge Over Trouble Water” is the title track from Simon & Garfunkel’s final studio album together, released in 1970, and won both Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the 1971 Grammy Awards. The fundraising tune will be released as an iTunes/Target.com download. All proceeds from its sale will go to the American Red Cross for earthquake recovery efforts in the devastated Caribbean island nation.
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