News: Michael Jackson Takes Part In "We Are the World" Premiere [Video]

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 8:43AM

Written by Rosario Harper

The highly-anticipated Haiti tribute music video, "We Are the World," premiered worldwide last night with nearly 100 celebrity contributions including the late Michael Jackson.

The video debuted shortly before 12 AM (EST) last night prior to the Olympics.

The revamped "We Are the World" made its world premiere Friday during NBC's coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, and a simultaneous worldwide screening of the full, seven-minute version of the music video is planned for Saturday. The worldwide simulcast on 53 domestic and international channels is planned for 2 p.m. Eastern time. Michael Jackson, who co-wrote the original hit with Lionel Richie, is shown in a clip from the original music video. In the new version, Jackson, wearing his trademark 1980s pseudomilitary regalia, sings alongside his sister, Janet Jackson. (Associated Press)

Rap contributions from Lil Wayne and Kanye West also made the video.

Lil Wayne Auto-Tune wheezed his way through Bob Dylan's lines from the original, something I've been waiting to hear since I read that it was coming; Weezy didn't disappoint, delivering the remake's most memorable moment by far, though admittedly in a WTF sort of way. As for the random huddle of rappers that followed -- will.i.am, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J and more all chanting some bland lyrics together -- the less said of that, the better. Finally, as the song drew to a close, Kanye West and will.i.am exchanged some well-meant if underwhelming rhymes ("Feeling like the world's end, we can make the world win"). Some more choral vocals, a few eloquent cries from Wyclef Jean, and that was it. Vince Vaughn did not get a solo turn, which is a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective. (Entertainment Weekly)

According to producer RedOne, the project went into production shortly after the recent Grammy Awards.

Yeah. We recorded after the Grammys [where RedOne took home two trophies for his work with Lady Gaga], so that helped. All the stars were in town. It was an experience of a lifetime. The funny thing is, a few months ago, me and Lionel were at the same studio and he was telling me all these stories about the original "We Are the World." About how magical it was ... all these huge names in the same room. He was like, "Those things don't happen every day." I was listening like a little kid. The next thing you know, I'm experiencing it. ... it was like the next generation. To be chosen as the producer from this generation to do it, it was incredible." (Los Angeles Times)

A listing of the artists involved on the tribute project has been revealed.

Stars involved in the relief recording include Pink, Jamie Foxx, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Nicole Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lil Wayne, Julianne Hough, Gladys Knight, Wyclef Jean, Kanye West, Randy Jackson, Faith Evans, Vince Vaughn, Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Mary Mary, Musiq Soulchild, Sugarland, Mya, Josh Groban, Kid Cudi, Jeff Bridges, Usher, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Toni Braxton, Busta Rhymes, Akon, will.i.am, Keri Hilson, Robin Thicke, Brandy, Harry Connick, Jr., Tyrese, Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks, Rob Thomas, The Wilson Sisters from Heart, Fonzworth Bentley, Tony Bennett, Janet Jackson, and Al Jardine and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. (Broadway World)

Check out the "We Are the World" music video down below:

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