Soul legend Stevie Wonder, country singer Luke Bryan and pop singer Leona Lewis all paid tribute to Lionel Richie at the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which aired Tuesday (Dec. 26) Richie was among five others who were honored at the legendary event that took place earlier this month.
Bryan sang “Penny Lover” and “Sail On,” while Wonder covered Richie’s Commodores-era classic “Easy,” and Lewis performed a medley of Richie’s solo Hot 100-toppers “Say You Say Me” and “All Night Long (All Night),” with an introduction by Richie’s daughter, Nicole Richie.
This was not the first time Bryan had covered Richie — in fact, the two American Idol judges recently covered “Sail On” together, with Richie giving Bryan a mini piano lesson. Kenny Rogers also honored Richie with an emotional speech about his career.
You can watch each performance below: