In honor of the 2017 American Music Awards, Billboard is counting down the best performances from the awards show’s history. Here's number 14.
In 1985, Harry Belafonte succeeded in doing what he'd been trying to do for years: record a charity song with a supergroup of the most successful artists in the music industry. "We Are the World," written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was this unifying anthem of love and aid for our fellow man. Proceeds of the song's sales -- which exceeded 20 million copies -- went towards the eradication of hunger in Africa, specifically Ethiopia, where over 1 million people had died from a recent two-year famine. The 1986 AMAs dedicated a segment to highlighting the making of the song, and to honor Belafonte, Jackson, Richie, and all the artists behind the song and movement it entailed.