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The start of the XXI Winter Olympics seemed an apropos occasion for a sneak peek at the 25th-anniversary rerecording of the seminal charity single "We Are the World," cowritten by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie in 1985 for USA for Africa.
This time around, the proceeds are going to help Haiti and donations can be made at WeAretheWorldFoundation.org.
Dozens of recording stars—from veterans like Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett to the comparatively prenatal Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber—came together in Los Angeles on Feb. 1 to sing, and a 7-minute video directed by Crash helmer Paul Haggis will have its global television premiere Saturday on 53 channels—including E!—at 2 p.m. ET.
But NBC aired a 3-minute clip tonight, giving us a taste of the entertainment to come.
And just as the 1985 version is still a marvel to watch, with Jackson sharing space with Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and many more, half the fun of watching this version will come from seeing the faces in the crowd (some of whom were edited in at different times, alas).
The other half will come when we find out how many millions this project makes to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.
"We Are the World" 2.0 opens with tween heartthrob Bieber and the star power skyrockets from there.
Also featured in Friday's snippet were Streisand, Cyrus, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Scherzinger, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Céline Dion, Josh Groban, LL Cool J, Nick Jonas, Lil Wayne, Jeff Bridges, Kanye West and Wyclef Jean.
And, though he's no longer with us in life, original "We Are the World" cowriter and executive producer Micahel Jackson was featured in a clip from the original, singing alongside Janet Jackson.
In real time, Canadian artists Bryan Adams, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan and k.d. lang. performed during the host-country cultural segment of the ceremony at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium.
More than 2,500 athletes from 84 nations paraded through the stadium, culminating in the Olympic flame being lit by hockey great Wayne Gretzky, NBA star Steve Nash, speed skater Katrina LeMay Doan and skier Nancy Greene.
They may not be curling pros or delicate figure skaters, but check out a gallery of Our Winter Olympians. We have a feeling Paris Hilton already thinks she's won gold...