Hollywood Reporter’s Roger Friedman is reporting that Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend have been invited to the 25th anniversary re-recording so far, but more names will be added in the coming days, as all Grammy nominees and participants will be asked to stay an extra night after the Grammys to record the single at LA’s Nokia Theater.
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event, which will then be turned into a video and single just like it was in 1985, when Ken Kragen, Richie and Michael Jackson organized the original “We Are the World” with Jones to benefit relief in Africa.
Friedman says “Plans are still sketchy, but in some way, the song’s co-author Michael Jackson will be invoked. AEG is co-producing this event. They’re also putting together a 3D tribute to Michael for the Grammy show from elements Jackson was going to use for his tour. Jackson recorded “We Are the World” for what became ‘This Is It.’ Surely he’ll be included here as well, which will make the whole project even more poignant.”