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- Posted on Feb 1st 2010 9:36PM by Benjy Eisen
On Monday night, a day after this year's Grammy Awards, Jones revisited the Hollywood studio where he recorded the original, 25 years earlier, to remake the song with a new cast of stars including Bono, Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, Lady Gaga, Usher, Akon and Jason Mraz. This time, the beneficiary will be Haiti, with proceeds going to aid the earthquake relief efforts currently underway.
Last time, the musicians gathered at the studio after the American Music Awards. This time, it was the Grammy Awards that brought them all to Los Angeles at the same time. The original recording earned three Grammy Awards and one American Music Award. More productively, it sold more than 20 million copies and raised more than $63 million for humanitarian efforts in Africa. Organizers are hoping the new version will have similar success for Haiti. "It's true, we'll make a better day, just you and me"...and, you know, an army of superstars.