Lionel Richie says he and Adele ‘have to’ do a ‘Hello’ mash-up

The singer said he was hoping to meet her backstage at the Grammys

Lionel Richie has said that he and Adele “have to” do a mash-up of their respective songs titled ‘Hello’.

Speaking to CBS on the red carpet at the Grammys, when asked if the pair had met he said: “I’m here to meet her backstage. My opening line is going to be ‘Hello, it’s me’ and she’s going to be like, ‘No, is it me you’re looking for?'”

A tribute to Richie will be performed at tonight’s ceremony (February 15). Demi Lovato and John Legend will team up with Meghan Trainor and Luke Bryan to pay homage to Richie.

They are set to perform a musical medley of his solo hits, as well as songs from his days in the Commodores.

Richie himself will also take part in what has been described as a multi-genre performance.

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Last year, Richie said a full-on collaboration between himself and Adele was “almost in the works” following a video mashing up the two songs going viral.

Responding to the video, Richie took to Instagram to post a screenshot from his video next to one from Adele’s, writing: “HELLO @adele is it me you’re looking for… #hello”.

Richie later confirmed to E! News that there were plans for a collaboration: “We are going to be doing something together – that’s already almost in the works,” he said.

“I can almost say that we are talking, but right now she has a mission. Her mission is [to] get her record out and go on tour, so until she finishes that cycle, that won’t happen just yet. She is committed to that.”