Watch All-Star Cast Return to “American Idol” for Performance of “We Are the World”

During the season finale of American Idol on May 17, a number of past Idol stars appeared on the show for a special rendition of “We Are the World.”

Idol alum Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Gabby Barrett, Alejandro Aranda, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Phillip Phillips and Ruben Studdard appeared in a new video for the iconic tune alongside Idol judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.

Penned by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, “We Are the World” was recorded by an all-star group of artists in 1985 to benefit African famine relief. Vocalists on the Grammy-winning song included Stevie Wonder, Kenny Rogers, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and more.

Watch the Lionel, Luke, Katy and past Idol stars perform “We Are the World” below.

photos: Scotty McCreery by NCD; Gabby Barrett & Lauren Alaina by Tammie Arroyo,; Kellie Pickler by Curtis Hilbun,