Luke Bryan rang in the new year a little early with a Las Vegas performance December 30th that included an appearance from one of his biggest musical heroes – Lionel Richie. Bryan’s show at the MGM Grand last Friday gave the former Commodores lead singer, who has been performing in residence in Vegas this year, the perfect opportunity to crash Bryan’s onstage party. As the pop icon strolled onstage, he told the country superstar, “So, this is your office, huh? I like your office.”
For several seconds the piano intro to the 1981 Commodores hit “Oh No” played in the background, as Richie told the crowd, “Every time I get a notice, they say Luke is at one of … his shows doing one of my songs. So I thought tonight I would come out and sing a song with him, alright?” Richie then sang the first verse of the heartbreaking ballad as Bryan added harmony to the chorus. (Watch the video above.)
Bryan then presented his smoldering take on the tune’s second verse, noting, to Richie’s delight, “We’re gonna make some babies tonight. Ain’t that right?” While it remains to be seen (until perhaps later this fall) just how fruitful their duet actually was, this was merely the latest collaboration by the pair, whose performances together go back to the CMT Artists of the Year event in 2013. Although Bryan was not included in the all-star lineup on Richie’s Tuskegee LP, which featured Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, among others, he made up for it earlier this year as one of the artists paying tribute to the R&B, pop and country songwriter during the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala in February.
Others who celebrated Richie that night included John Legend, Demi Lovato and Tyrese Gibson. Richie joined Bryan and others at the close of the event for a rousing version of his party anthem “All Night Long.”
In December, Richie announced a joint tour with Mariah Carey. Their All the Hits Tour will launch March 15th in Baltimore.