Thursday, June 13, 2024

Lionel Richie Plans Grammy Surprise with John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan… and Adele?


The Grammys are planning a Lionel Richie surprise for Monday night, following Lionel’s big Saturday night MusiCares Person of the Year dinner.

They’ve drafted Meghan Trainer, Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan and John Legend from the MusiCares show to perform a tribute to Lionel on the Grammys. They say the quartet will do a mini history medley of Richie’s many hits from the Commodores right through his solo career. I wish they’d ask Kenny Rogers to sing “Lady,” but no one asked me.

Then the big news: Lionel will perform a “surprise version” of one of his hits. Knowing Ken Ehrlich’s penchant for putting together unusual duos, I’d wager that Lionel and Adele sing “Hello” to each other. That would stop the show and cause mayhem. Otherwise, it’s possible the big surprise is a “We Are the World” with all the artists on the show joining in.

Either way, it should be good TV.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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