Footage of Jackson performing in the video for the 1985 song was shown in a split screen with a new clip of his sister, Janet, so they appeared to be singing in a virtual duet for "We Are the World 25."
"I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: 'We Are the World,' I love it, and I understand the point and think it's great. But I think 'We Are the World' is like (Michael Jackson's) 'Thriller' to me. I don't ever wanna see it touched. I'm a fan of music," hip-hop mogul Jay-Z told MTV News.
"I know the plight and everything that's going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: (Millions have been raised) through text (donations) to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but 'We Are the World' is (musically) untouchable like 'Thriller' is untouchable. Some things are just untouchable. It was a valiant effort, but for me, it's gonna be untouchable."
The rapper went on to say he thinks the super-group should have collaborated on a new song instead of remaking this one.
"I would have loved that idea better," Jay-Z said. "I tried to do that with 'Stranded' ... I didn't try to make 'We Are the World,' but I tried to make our take on how we felt."
Jay-Z, Rihanna and U2's Bono and the Edge premiered their collaboration "Stranded" on the recent "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon.