Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, and Little Big Town were three of the acts that celebrated Lionel Richie on Saturday, February 13th. Richie was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year over the weekend in preparation of the GRAMMY Awards. Along with Bryan, Stapleton, and Little Big Town, the celebration included other artists like Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz and Dave Grohl.
Stapleton performed an acoustic version of Richie’s song, “Lady,” which was written by Richie and first recorded by country artist, Kenny Rodgers in 1980.
The Band Perry put a little country into their performance of “Endless Love” while keeping true to the original song.
On tonight’s GRAMMYs, Luke Bryan will join the stage with John Legend, Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, and Tyrese in a Lionel Richie tribute.
Bryan had this to say about performing a tribute to Richie: “This moment is a huge deal for me. I was really young in the 80s but Lionel Richie’s music was a huge soundtrack to my life growing up in south Georgia because of my older brother and sister. So it means a lot that I could can come to my first Grammys and be part of a tribute to someone I truly consider a hero – and who is a great person. When you meet Lionel, that’s what you leave with: what a good person he is.”
Watch the performance tonight and check out some of the photos from the event this weekend below: