Lionel Richie Finally Gets to Say "Hello" to Adele at GRAMMYs, Jokes About Song Mashup
By Elizabeth VanMetre
It’s the hello we’ve all been waiting for.
As stars flooded the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Monday night, ET caught up with Lionel Richie, who admitted he was very excited to meet one person in particular -- Adele.
In fact, the “Three Times a Lady” singer revealed that he even had their first-ever encounter already planned out in his head.
"I'm here tonight to meet [Adele] backstage," he joked with ET’s Nancy O’Dell. "I'm looking for her. And my opening line is going to be, 'Hello, it's me,' and she's going to say, 'No, no, is it me you're looking for, thank you very much.'"
And as far as a mashup of their respective "Hello" songs? Richie feels that same way we do about it!
"We have to, we have to," he insisted. "Don't worry, it's coming."
Meanwhile, Richie’s prediction that he’d meet Adele during the awards show did indeed come true.
While we’re not sure if it played out exactly like he had hoped, the 66-year-old music icon nevertheless shared a photo of the smiling pair on Instagram.
"#HELLO @adele ❤️#GRAMMYs," he simply captioned the snap.
It was definitely a big night for Richie, who received a tribute performance from John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Tyrese, Luke Bryan and Demi Lovato. To see Lovato’s show-stopping performance of "Hello," watch the video below.