Lionel Richie releases new all-star American Idol version of 'We Are The World'

music news 19/05/2020

35 years ago, Lionel Richie teamed up with some big name stars like Michael Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross to release We Are The World.

The song raised more than USD $63 million to fight famine in Africa, and now for the first time since 1985 - Lionel has performed the song with both new and former American Idol contestants during the show's 2020 finale.

The song was written by Lionel and the late Michael Jackson, with Lionel also joined by fellow judges Luke Bryan and Katy Perry for the Idol rendition.

Viewers could also see 2020 winner Just Sam, Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty, Fantasia, Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks and Katharine McPhee.

Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery also made appearances for the rendition.