The American Idol 2020 finale which aired Sunday night (May 17) included an historic performance to mark the 35th anniversary of We Are the World, the song Lionel Richie co-wrote with Michael Jackson to benefit Africa famine relief.
Lionel was joined by fellow Idol judges, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan plus American Idol alums including Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty, Fantasia, Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery. American Idol winner, Just Sam, was given a prominent spot in the video.
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In the clip, the faces of the singers are superimposed on iconic American landmarks like Grand Central station, Brooklyn Bridge, and the North Carolina redwood forests.
It was the first time Lionel performed the song since 1985 when he and Michael Jackson enlisted a slew of popular musicians of the day to participate in the project. Dozens of famous musicians of the day participated, including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, and many more.
Check out the classic We Are the World.
And now the American Idol version of We Are the World