Simply after Lionel Richie took residence the Icon Award on the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 20), Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth took to the Microsoft Theater stage to pay a prolonged tribute to the famous person.
Showing on the stage at a set of dueling pianos, the pair engaged in what Puth referred to onstage as a “musical tennis match of Lionel Richie copyrights” — primarily, ping-ponging off one another, performing hits from Richie’s huge catalog.
Surprise began off by throwing all of it the way in which again to Commodores along with his rendition of “Three Occasions A Girl” — although even after some cute crowd participation, he relented, saying, “It nonetheless don’t sound nearly as good as Lionel.” Puth countered with a track in Richie’s “finest key” of A-flat main (“I do know that’s essentially the most ‘me’ factor to say ever,” Puth quipped), which turned out to be “Simple” additionally by the Commodores.
The 2 went forwards and backwards for some time, earlier than ultimately touchdown on one of many largest hits from Richie’s pen, “We Are The World” with Michael Jackson. Very like that authentic celebrity-packed jam, the stage crammed with stars, together with Ari Lennox, Muni Lengthy, Melissa Etheridge, Jimmie Allen, Yola, Smokey Robinson and extra. As everybody belted the lyrics out, Richie couldn’t assist however rush up onto the stage to carry out with the group.
In a message to “younger superstars” throughout his acceptance speech for the Icon Award, Richie mentioned, “If you hear the phrase ‘hip,’ it means immediately. If you hear the phrase ‘inspiring,’ it means perpetually. In the event you get an opportunity to have that gentle on you, perceive what God has in retailer.”