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More than 80 of the biggest stars in pop, hip-hop, country and rock came together last night at Henson Studios in Hollywood, California to record a 25th anniversary version of “We Are The World” for Haitian earthquake relief.

Participating performers include Celine Dion, Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana, Zac Brown, Barbra Streisand, Lil Wayne, Pink, Kanye West, the Jonas Brothers, Akon, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Tony Bennett, Snoop Dogg, Beach BoysBrian Wilson and Al Jardine, Justin Bieber, Toni Braxton, Usher, Josh Groban, Heart, Rob Thomas, The Fray‘s Isaac Slade, actors Vince Vaughn and Jeff Bridges, and others. Janet Jackson is scheduled to record her part today in Atlanta. The new recording will reportedly featured the recorded voice of Michael Jackson, who co-wrote the original song with Lionel Richie.

The video for the new single, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Haggis, will debut on February 12th during N-B-C’s telecast of the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Video and audio recordings of the new version will be available for purchase from online and traditional retailers with the proceeds going to Haitian earthquake relief through the newly formed We Are The World Foundation.

While most of the artists chatted about the importance of helping out Haiti and the good vibes during the sessions, Lil Wayne dropped a reality check, noting that the Haiti relief was impressive, but we shouldn’t forget about New Orleans.

Guiding the sessions are Quincy Jones, the same super-producer who oversaw the recording 25 years ago at the same studio, then known as A-and-M. The original recording featured Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Diana Ross and others performing the song for Ethiopian famine relief.