“We Are the World” Turns 30

The charity anthem was released in March 1985 and featured 45 of the biggest names in popular music

Wednesday marks the big 3-0 for a charity anthem that brought together dozens of the biggest names in music.

Forty-five artists joined in song to record "We Are the World" at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood.

"For those who were not even alive when we actually did 'We Are the World,' this is a good thing for them to see, and to understand why it was done and the meaning of it,” singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson said.

The Grammy Museum in Hollywood held a 30th anniversary celebration highlighting the song and USA for Africa on Wednesday.

Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the all-star single to raise awareness of the widespread poverty in Africa. Since its 1985 release, it has sold more than 20 million copies, raised more than $66 million dollars and won three Grammy Awards.

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