Nile Rodgers Reveals Why Madonna Was Excluded From ‘We Are The World’

Published: Tuesday 14th Jul 2020 by David

Nile Rodgers has revealed that Madonna was not invited to perform on the ‘We are the World‘ charity single because some of her peers felt that she did not deserve a spot on its lineup.

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Madonna wasn’t invited to sing on the recording and it was a slap in the face because everybody was in Los Angeles for the American Music Awards and it was really sort of not nice. I know she felt bad.

Nile shared the story during an interview with SIRIUSXM and explained that he felt that there was no real need to exclude her from the track because she, like all of its performers, was in town at the time.

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  1. Lmfao_Hoe July 14, 2020

    That was shady smh they could’ve at least see if she like to atleast put a song on the album as Prince had did

      • Frank C. July 14, 2020

        I remember that! Karma’s a b****!

    • Tania July 14, 2020

      wow, look whose still reigning!

    • Parcker July 14, 2020

      Please don’t put Madonna in the same sentence with the legendary Prince!!

      • James July 14, 2020

        Oh please! Where is Prince on the greatest selling musical artist of all time? Definitely not in the top 5. Her longevity, and the fact that she is still selling out arenas around the world 30+ years later, speaks volumes (Whether you like her or not).

      • Barb July 14, 2020

        😛Madonna IS LEGENDARY also. And still alive. Prince AND Madonna are BOTH legendary!👏👏

      • DONALD R LOFGREN July 15, 2020

        Umm, hes dead. Not legendary if you doe of an overdose. Im 51 i remeber when Purple Rain was in the theaters and Madonna and Prince made a record together in 1988… Prince stepped down and she still reign les. Get over it.

      • geo July 17, 2020

        madonna is legendary too hello!! she is queen. i will cut you!! lolol

  2. E+Jai July 14, 2020

    That was tired! But her career ended up being bigger than just about all of them with the exception of Michael Jackson

  3. BeQuiet!!! July 14, 2020

    Of course she didn’t get invited Michael didn’t like her. She tried to okay him and was shady with him
    Allegedly

    • Lmfao_Hoe July 14, 2020

      No not around this time. That was around the Dangerous Era because he wanted her featured one “ In The Closet “ but her ideals weren’t much like his so he scrapped her off and top of that they went to the awards together after this happened. I believe Quincy had more say in this regard of featured acts

    • David July 14, 2020

      That’s not true! Where the hell did you get that lie from?

  4. 1988 July 14, 2020

    Madonna’s alto pitch is one of the most soothing tones in music history. “Take A Bow” she sings most of the song in that beautiful tone. Queen! 🙂 Dozens of other incredible singers were absent as well. 🙂 Whitney, Prince, George Michael, etc…. 🙂

  5. Clarks0o0ñ July 14, 2020

    And Michael allowed Cyndi Lauper
    🤭🤭🤭

    We’ve all seen that video of Cyndi yelling into the mic, and Michael was looking annoyed and frustrated.

    Michael’s Expression was like, WTF was that”
    🤣🤣🤣

  6. Humphrey July 14, 2020

    Why wasn’t Whitney invited as well?

    • Ken July 14, 2020

      I read that she was booked and busy lol

      • E+Jai July 14, 2020

        LMBO

      • Katina July 14, 2020

        Whitney was busy looking for her receipts.

  7. S*men M July 14, 2020

    Interesting

  8. Gworl Bye July 14, 2020

    Michael didn’t want that heffah ruining his work lol.

    • David July 14, 2020

      You’re despicable! And a liar 🤥

    • Abel July 14, 2020

      She’s alive. He’s not. Also, he will be remembered for the s*** he was toward boys

      • DB July 15, 2020

        Your mother will be remembered for swallowing gallons of c*m before letting your father finally drop his junkie sp*rm in her gaped vag*na

  9. marilyn monh-O-E July 14, 2020

    Still a Queen 👑 bish👸

  10. Paulo July 14, 2020

    “if I’m not good enough for the record I’m not doing the performance” LOL that is so Leo, gotta love Madonna for these moments

    • Manx July 14, 2020

      Madonna is a crass, jack of all trades commodity. I’m not swayed by her billions, or anything else. Good for her successes. Like her fans never let us forget, she got everything anyway. Whatever. (Whitney’s first single was released 2/22/85; WATH was cut 1/29/85) ). I’m glad that Cyndi Lauper got the spotlight solo. The take that made it worked fine. The right choice of artists made the cut. It could never be repeated, either. End of story.

  11. Von July 14, 2020

    WOW ..how shady was that..by people who were not as entertaining as MADONNA ..only to watch her rise to unbelievable heights while 99% of the other singers careers stalled..WHO LAUGHS LAST LAUGHTS BEST..long live the queen

    • David July 14, 2020

      Thank you!

  12. Rashad July 14, 2020

    We are the world is cheesy garbage. Madonna’s career overshadowed every artist on it except MJ and she reached career heights the rest of them could only dream of. Whitney, Prince, George Michael, Madonna and Bowie didn’t need this mediocre smaltzey song

  13. DLOC July 14, 2020

    Madonna at that point in her career wasn’t socially conscious. She was tone deaf when it came to charities. The fact that she wouldn’t do live aid finale because she didn’t get a We are The World invite tells you how petty & selfish she was back then. Thankfully she changed her ways and is now more globally concerned. She wouldn’t have contributed much to We Are The World anyways.

    • John July 14, 2020

      Dumb. Do your research before you decide to make yourself look like an idiot. She did a ton of charity work way before We Are The World was even thought of, with A***/H**, LBGT, and GLAAD charities. Keep your mouth shut before you embarrass yourself even more.

    • Jack July 14, 2020

      Dumb. Do your research before you decide to make yourself look like an idiot. She did a ton of charity work way before We Are The World was even thought of, with A***&H**, LBGT, and GLAAD charities. Keep your mouth shut before you embarrass yourself even more.

    • Abel July 14, 2020

      Yeah, alright, and Cindy contributed so much… SMH

  14. Steve July 14, 2020

    She knocked We Are The World out of the #1 spot anyhow with Crazy For You in May 1985.

  15. Shad L Robey July 14, 2020

    WOW,I’ve been a Madonna fan for 29 yrs and that is LAME ASS excuse for her not being a part of that Iconic video! Where are those peers now…..HELLO! The Queen of Pop is still going strong after a good 32 yrs in the buisness!!!

  16. Stephanie July 14, 2020

    Madonna is a part of pop music and to not invite her to perform with the other music people is just so viciously “Hollywood”..😀

  17. James July 14, 2020

    Oh please! Where is Prince on the greatest selling musical artist of all time? Definitely not in the top 5. Her longevity, and the fact that she is still selling out arenas around the world 30+ years later, speaks volumes (Whether you like her or not).

  18. JuLian Pedraza JR July 14, 2020

    She was very popular at that time ,Its ashame that they Excluded her from the Recording of “We are the World” ,I might be wrong here ,But didn’t Madonna and Micheal Jackson went together to the Grammy’s ,and wasn’t he the song writer and One of the Producers on the Song We Are The World”,But she Did get to Perform On “LiVe A***”…

  19. TomCat July 14, 2020

    Madonna made a salty b!tchy comment to Michsel Jackson about his sister Janet while out dining together and Michael was not into her negative energy. They never spoke again after. Michael alone Blackballed her @$$!

    • TomCat July 14, 2020

      Madonna made a salty b!tchy comment to Michsel Jackson about his sister Janet while out dining together and Michael was not into her negative energy. They never spoke again after. Michael alone Blackballed her out of the collaboration.
      Had she kept her mouth shut she could have ruled the world. Instead she only ruled her stage for 30 years.

      • Abel July 14, 2020

        Michael was more into abusing boys. Madonna didn’t need anything from that sht p********

  20. TomCat July 14, 2020

    Madonna made a salty b!tchy comment to Michsel Jackson about his sister Janet while out dining together and Michael was not into her negative energy. They never spoke again after. Michael alone Blackballed her out of the collaboration.
    Had she kept her mouth shut she could have ruled the world. Instead she only ruled her stage for 30 years.

  21. Jep July 14, 2020

    With the exception of MJ and the Boss, no one remembers or cares about the rest of the artists in WATW. Madonna has outshined, outperformed, outlasted and overshadowed all of them. She and she alone is the Queen!

  22. Sarai July 14, 2020

    Fierce!

  23. Donna July 14, 2020

    Sounds like jealousy to me.. I and my friends didn’t bother with that song coz she wasn’t included.. Now I know why!!!

  24. Steve July 14, 2020

    However, Madonna had the last laugh all the way to the bank. She would knock We Are The World out of the #1 spot on the HOT 100 with her #1 hit Crazy For You in May 1985 💚💙🌍.

  25. Billie Jo July 15, 2020

    Madonna is Madonna. Acting like spoiled children and excluded someone in something that is meant to make a point is useless.

  26. Melanie July 15, 2020

    I believe it was definitely unkind not to invite Madonna to this mega event. To this day people still comment on it. It was such a worthy cause for those of need in Africa and raised an unbelievable amount of money. Any strong musical artist should’ve be welcomed with open arms, for the good of the cause. I’m actually surprised that MJ didn’t make a note of it and invite her himself…

  27. Love madonna July 15, 2020

    Look where Madonna is now ! And what happened to some of her peers ?
    Just like a book or a movie At the end she became the super star and still going strong.

  28. Debra Thurman July 15, 2020

    That’s j no

  29. Sam July 15, 2020

    I really am glad she was not invited. This kind of behavior from Her peers, Paved part of the Road Madonna was supposed to take.
    That was just a song. Madonna has gone on and made Changes in THIS WORLD.

  30. Abel July 15, 2020

    That’s not cool she shouldn’t be excluded from the recording

  31. Brian K Arrigo July 15, 2020

    I always wondered

  32. Kate Riley July 15, 2020

    Very mean. Madonna is a real true artist. I wasn’t there, but I believe Jealousy is
    the reason she was left out. I really cant see any other reason.
    She shares her wealth with the people in our world who really need it.
    God knows she is a great person. The people who left her out are the ones
    who need to open their hearts.
    Life is short … do the right thing. God is watching.

    Jealousy Kills!

    I Love you Madonna…. you da Best! Kate Riley – NJ

  33. Xion liew July 15, 2020

    Oh well, it’s their loss …

  34. James Rigby July 15, 2020

    And were are half of them today while she is still going strong egos at their finest I’m thinking.

  35. Scorpio July 15, 2020

    She was excluded and yet she’s still going strong today unlike a lot of people that were included that are now has beens.

  36. Daniel Willis July 15, 2020

    Well of course she deservess to have gone, however I don t know what criteria was used in the selection process, however Madonna is an All Star, and if if she were a basketball All Star there are always certain players who will not be elected because of the numbers. Feelings are hurt and I m sure it rubs people the wrong way. But the Attitude Lady is still Superstar. If anybody uses some other reason, thats the spite and scorn that comes with the territory which is unfortunate.

  37. Sue July 16, 2020

    Ask Quincy Jones why…

  38. Thomas July 16, 2020

    Let’s face it. Although Madonna did great deal for the music industry and pioneered pushing-the-envelope to a courageous level, she was pretty insecure on the inside and was not very nice to a lot of people on the outside. Maybe the people involved wanted a break from the ‘then’ toxicity. Her talent, her brand, her legend are all undoubtedly unsurpassed. Let it go, people. There are on much bigger things we must now place our focus.

  39. K.B. July 17, 2020

    We are the world was for Singers.

  40. Clint Figwood July 22, 2020

    I often Ed wondered why. I totally agree it was a slap in the face. But, Quincey Jones and Michael Jackson were the producers of this song and I don’t think either of them thought that Madonna would go on to be this mega superstar. But, to their surprise she has been making a name for herself. I really wish Madonna had a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. But, Madonna doesn’t need that sort of recognition. Maybe one day she will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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