By Jon Bream
Kanye West didn't show up at the Grammys on Sunday but he did participate Monday in a new recording of the charity song "We Are the World" -- with Barbra Streisand, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, the Jonas Brothers, Akon, Tony Bennett, and about 70 other stars.
Producer Quincy Jones, who produced the 1985 version, assembled this cast to make a new recording to benefit the recovery efforts in Haiti. The original "We Are the World" raised $60 million to combat hunger in Africa. Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson and song co-writers Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie were among the vocalists 25 years ago.
This year's roster had stars of the past and present, from music and movies -- Pink, Josh Groban, Gladys Knight, Julianne Hough, Usher, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, Vince Vaughn, Jeff Bridges, Justin Bieber, Brian Wilson and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, Snoop Dogg, Toni Braxton, Harry Connick, Zac Brown, Black Eyed Peas and Haiti native Wyclef Jean.
Apparently, spots were left for others to fill in their solo vocals later. The Los Angeles Times reported that Streisand, the diva's diva, needed more than two-dozen takes to get her 21-word part just right.
A video of the recording was helmed by director Paul Haggis, best known for the film "Crash." The sessions took place in the same studios as the 1985 recording, which was the day after the American Music Awards.
This new version of "We Are the World" will premiere Feb. 12 during the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.