Rihanna was original choice for fun. track

Published Friday, 15 February 2013
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Pop star Rihanna was the original choice to sing on Fun.'s Grammy-winning global smash We Are Young but the band had to pick a new guest vocalist when she failed to respond to the offer.

Rihanna was original choice for fun. track

The Bajan singer was approached by the song's producer Jeff Bhasker, who admits the Umbrella hitmaker was "kind of a muse" for the group.

However, Bhasker believes "wires got crossed" during early negotiations with Rihanna, so they chose a relative unknown, Janelle Monae, to sing on the track instead.

He tells MTV News: "(The band) said, 'Who can we get?' And I said, 'Let's get Rihanna'. We were shooting for the stars on everything and she was kind of a muse. Someone (from the record label) tried to reach out (to Rihanna) and I know she heard the song and liked it. But I think some wires just got crossed.

"But everything works out for a reason and Janelle worked out to be the perfect choice. She brought the right element of a great soulful flavour that we wanted for the album."

The pop-rockers went on to win the Song of the Year prize for the hit at Sunday's Grammy Awards.

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