2-time AMA nominee Puth joined Wonder onstage for a tribute to this year's Icon Award recipient: Lionel Richie. The two sang a melody of the 17-time AMA winner's most ionic hits while sitting across from each other at separate pianos. "This is a great night, because we're here to honor a great man." Wonder began. Puth added, "The genius of Lionel is that you know what the song is right before it begins."
The pair went back to back bantering and singing including "Three Times A Lady," "Easy," "All Night Long (All Night)," "Say You, Say Me," and "Brick House,"—during which Wonder began to beatbox. At the end of the performance, Richie and Smokey Robinson joined the two on stage and hugged Wonder while singing along to "We Are The World."
Robinson presented the award to Richie during the ceremony. "I started out here at the AMAs, and 40 years later, I'm back at the AMAs," Richie said. He also thanked his kids and the mothers of his kids, the people along the way, friends who supported him, and his manager for their support.
Puth's most recent album CHARLIE arrived on October 7 of this year. He took over State Farm Park in iHeartLand on Roblox for an exclusive iHeartRadio Album Release Party and spoke about how Taylor Swift inspired one of his tracks, as well as his bromance with BTS' Jungkook.
The 2022 American Music Awards kicked off tonight at 8 p.m. You can stream it starting tomorrow on Hulu.