Lionel Richie’s Life in Photos

Lionel Richie’s Life in Photos

After opening for the Jackson 5 many years ago, Richie collaborated with Michael Jackson again in 1985 as they co-wrote the charity single “We Are the World” in an effort to raise money for famine relief in Africa. The single included a collection of artists, including Richie, Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, and Diana Ross, under the name USA for Africa.

In addition to raising over $60 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the United States, the song was a worldwide commercial success, topping the charts and eventually becoming the first single to be certified multi-platinum. It also took home numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards, one American Music Award, and a People’s Choice Award.

In 1986, a handful of members from USA for Africa reunited onstage at the American Music Award to perform the song.

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