Another Grammys ceremony has come and gone, and this year’s award show featured a wide range of memorable moments. Perhaps the most memorable, however, was the tribute to Lionel Richie. According to a report from EW, the tribute included appearances from a long list of celebrities, and was led by none other than Demi Lovato.
Lovato was joined by five other famous recording artists to honor the MusiCares Person of the Year, Lionel Richie. John Legend kicked off the tribute, singing a soulful version of “Easy Like a Sunday Morning.” Lovato followed right away with a powerful rendition of “Hello.” Many speculated that Adele would be the obvious choice to sing the tune, and Richie joked that if he ever met Adele, he would introduce himself with the first line of the song.
Footage of Richie during the performance suggested that he was definitely into it. After a shot of the singer bopping his head along to the music, Luke Bryan joined John Legend and Demi Lovato to sing “Penny Lover.” Next, the Best New Artist nominee Meghan Trainor stopped the show with a powerful version of “You Are the Sun, You Are the Rain.” Just when the tribute had properly tugged on the heartstrings of audience members, the surprise funk jam came.
Tyrese busted onto the stage to end the tribute medley with a rocking version of “Brick House,” much to the joy of the crowd. It wasn’t over, however, until Lionel Richie himself jumped on stage out of the audience and sang the fan favorite, “All Night Long.”
The MusiCares Gala took place Sunday night, and was attended by Bryan, Lovato and Legend among dozens of other huge recording artists. Richie has won a total of two Grammies to date, with five nominations under his belt as well. He won song of the year in 1986 for “We Are the World,” and won Album of the Year in 1985 for Can’t Slow Down.