"We Are the World — 25 for Haiti" premiered on Friday night (February 12) during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Vancouver.
The song features appearances by a number of artists including Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Pink.
Justin Bieber sang the opening for the song and there was an update that the original didn't include - a heavy rap presence, with Wayne, West, Will.I.Am, T-Pain, Bizzy Bone, Kid Cudi, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Mann, Nipsey Hussle, Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz all lending their voices to the track.
An appearance by Michael Jackson in the remake was a pleasant surprise.
The video was shot in 3-D, and green-screen technology will allow viewers at home to place themselves in the chorus. According to MTV.com, Lionel Richie spoke at a press conference earlier this month where he revealed that you "can put yourself into the 'We Are the World' family from the computer." That sounds like a lot of fun!!
All proceeds from "We Are the World" singles and video sales will go to the newly formed charity We Are the World Foundation LLC and will then be distributed to Haiti relief efforts. Click here for the official website.
What do you think of the rap part that was added to the "new" version of the song??
Here is the complete list of artists that appeared in the video:
Miley Cyrus, Wyclef Jean, Jamie Foxx, Josh Groban, Keri Hilson, Zac Brown Band, Akon, Brandy, Melanie Fiona, Mya, Musiq Soulchild, Katharine McPhee, Trey Songz, Faith Evans, Joel and Benji Madden, members of Sugarland, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Mraz, India.Arie, Mary Mary, Tyrese Gibson, Raphael Saadiq, Rob Thomas, Usher, the Fray's Isaac Slade, pianist Ethan Bortnick, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, the Jonas Brothers, Nicole Scherzinger, Julianne Hough, Barbra Streisand, Carlos Santana, Natalie Cole, BeBe Winans, Orianthi, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Freda Payne, Harry Connick Jr., Earth, Wind & Fire, the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Tony Bennett, composer A.R. Rahman, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Patti Austin and Gladys Knight. Actors Jeff Bridges, Vince Vaughn and Jimmy Jean-Louis were there, as well as some "WATW" offspring: Nicole Richie (Lionel's daughter), "Parks and Recreation" star Rashida Jones (Quincy's daughter) and the members of 3T (the sons of Tito Jackson), Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson.