Every year ahead of the Grammy Awards, MusiCares—an organization that seeks to help musicians in times of need—honors a Person of the Year for their work and philanthropy. Lionel Richie was recognized at the 2016 gala on February 13, which raised a record-breaking $7 million; at Monday’s Grammys, a roster of phenomenal talent (John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Luke Bryan, etc.) performed several of Richie’s hits, paying homage to the 66-year-old icon. And while the above artists are all great in their own right, it was 23-year-old Demi Lovato who slayed during her segment of the medley, performing a chill-inducing rendition of Richie’s “Hello.”
Listen. I’m not just saying this because I love Demi Lovato and have championed her music enough to be quoted on her official Wikipedia page. I’m saying it because, aside from Kendrick Lamar’s emotional and moving and stunning performance of “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright,” Lovato’s “Hello” was one of the evening’s most standout displays of talent. But don’t take my word for it; check out Richie’s legend-approved reaction to her cover:
In case you can’t tell, that’s a rousing YAS. And at girl’s first-ever Grammys.
As if crushing one epic “Hello” weren’t enough, in 2015, Lovato did a moving cover of Adele’s megahit of same name to the awe of the Internet. So, in the “Hello” throw down, I think we can all agree that Lovato is the real winner.
Check out her Grammy performance below.