It wasn’t Adele that got to belt Lionel Richie’s “Hello” at Monday’s Grammys, but Demi Lovato did the job well. The pop star took the stage with five other artists to pay tribute to MusiCares Person of the Year honoree Lionel Richie with a medley of his biggest hits.
John Legend kicked off the performance at the piano with a cover of “Easy Like a Sunday Morning” before turning things over to Lovato, who offered a powerful rendition of “Hello.” Richie joked on the red carpet before the ceremony that he’d like to meet fellow “Hello” singer Adele and introduce himself with the song’s opening line.
While Richie nodded along in approval in the audience, Luke Bryan joined Legend and Lovato on stage for a twangy take on “Penny Lover,” and Best New Artist nominee Meghan Trainor debuted a new brunette do during her version of “You Are The Sun, You Are The Rain.” Tyrese closed out the medley with “Brick House,” but not before Richie himself popped out of the audience and took the stage with “All Night Long.”
“That’s how to do it right,” the 66-year-old singer said after concluding.
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Bryan, Lovato, and Legend were among the dozen-plus artists who attended the MusiCares Gala Sunday night to honor the R&B legend. Richie has five Grammy nominees under his belt and two wins — “We Are the World” took home 1986’s Song of the Year and Can’t Slow Down won Album of the Year one year earlier.