Simply after Lionel Richie took house the Icon Award on the 2022 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 20), Stevie Marvel and Charlie Puth took to the Microsoft Theater stage to pay a prolonged tribute to the celebrity.
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” — basically, ping-ponging off one another, performing hits from Richie’s huge catalog.
Marvel began off by throwing all of it the best way again to Commodores along with his rendition of “Three Occasions A Girl” — although even after some lovely crowd participation, he relented, saying, “It nonetheless don’t sound nearly as good as Lionel.” Puth countered with a tune in Richie’s “finest key” of A-flat main (“I do know that’s probably the most ‘me’ factor to say ever,” Puth quipped), which turned out to be “Straightforward” additionally by the Commodores.
The 2 went backwards and forwards for some time, earlier than finally touchdown on one of many largest hits from Richie’s pen, “We Are The World” with Michael Jackson. Very like that unique celebrity-packed jam, the stage stuffed 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 stated, “If you hear the phrase ‘hip,’ it means immediately. If you hear the phrase ‘inspiring,’ it means perpetually. If you happen to get an opportunity to have that mild on you, perceive what God has in retailer.”