That was the question Ryan Seacrest asked during E!’s pre-Grammy show last night. Mary responded with a question as to if he *really* wanted to hear the long story. Ryan said, well, I’d like an answer (or words to that effect).
Mary then explained that it all started back when Bono was honored by MusiCares in 2002. She performed the song during the tribute, bringing down the house – Bono loved it, Jimmy Iovine loved it, and enough people loved her performance of it that the idea was hatched for it to be released in some way. That’s the short story behind it.