February 16, 2016


Lionel Richie Tribute Rules GRAMMY Awards with Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan & More

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

In a night full of star-studded tributes, the GRAMMY Awards’ ode to 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year Lionel Richie was an especially inspired performance. Demi LovatoJohn LegendLuke Bryan and Meghan Trainor combined for the salute to Richie, who has won four GRAMMYs over his illustrious career.

During the performance, Legend opened things up with a full band and a syrupy version of "Easy" seated behind a grand piano. Then Lovato strode onstage and delivered a powerhouse performance of "Hello" as the lights dimmed, attacking the climax with full vigor. Next up was Bryan with a country-fried take on "Penny Lover," and Trainor bounced her way through "You Are" while sporting some red new locks.

And wait... is that Tyrese? Yes, the Furious 7 emerged for the Commodores' "Brick House" on the GRAMMYs stage! Finally Richie himself took the stage to bring it home for "All Night Long (All Night)," as audience members like Florence Welch, Wiz Khalifa and Beck grooved along.

Richie won the album of the year trophy in 1984 for Can’t Slow Down, which included the hits “All Night Long (All Night)” and “Hello,” among others. One year later, he snagged the song of the year GRAMMY for “We Are the World.”

Along with the tribute to Richie, the 2016 GRAMMYs will include nods to Lemmy Kilmister, Glenn Frey, B.B. King and David Bowie. The latter will be performed by Lady Gaga.