Luke Bryan Shares ‘Epic’ Night With Lionel Richie At Crash My Playa: ‘One Of My Best Friends In The World’

Bryan said sharing the stage with Richie was one of his “favorite stage moments.”


Lauren Jo Black

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January 23, 2023


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Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie; Photo Courtesy Luke Bryan

American Idol judges Luke Bryan, 46, and Lionel Richie, 73, reunited at Crash My Playa in Mexico on Sunday (Jan. 22) for an epic performance at the sold-out destination event.

After performing his chart-topping hit “Down To One,” Bryan welcomed Richie to the stage for a six-song performance in the midst of his headlining set. 

Collaborative Performance

“Crash My Playa! I want to thank you guys so much for year number eight. This is our eighth year and you guys make it so special. I’m so proud of what’s about to happen. You know what’s about to happen? Do you know what’s about to happen Crash My Playa?,” Bryan asked the audience. 

He went on to tease what will become one of his “favorite stage moments” of his life. 

“Are y’all ready for this? Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the stage, one of music’s biggest icons that have ever lived. One of the greatest human beings ever, that’s ever lived and one of my best friends in the world. Give it up for Lionel Richie!”

Backed by Luke Bryan’s touring band, the pair of superstars went on to sing hit after hit, including The Commodores’ “Easy (Like Sunday Morning),” “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” “Brick House” as well as Richie’s hits “Dancing On The Ceiling,” “All Night Long (All Night),” and “Stuck On You.”

Throughout their collaborative set, the Idol judges danced with each other and had fans laughing with their playful onstage banter. 

“I want to do this song with you because I say every night in my show this is a song you like to sing. So, tonight we get to pull it off,” Richie told Bryan before the pair performed Richie’s “Stuck On You.”

Bryan thanked Richie for traveling “halfway across the world” to be there. 

“I love you thank you very much!” Richie said, before leaving the stage.

Before he bid farewell to Crash My Playa, Richie joined Bryan for a photo on the catwalk. 

“The newest member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Lionel Richie,” shouted before they took a photo with the audience. “I hope you videoed every second of that.” 

Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie; Photo Courtesy Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie; Photo Courtesy Luke Bryan

Crash My Playa

Crash My Playa took place at the AAA Four Diamond awarded resort, Moon Palace Cancún, in Riviera Cancun, Mexico from January 19 through January 22, 2023.

Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Lionel Richie, Dustin Lynch, Ashley McBryde, Brian Kelley, Carly Pearce, Chase Rice, Dylan Scott, DJ Rock, Kendell Marvel also performed during Crash My Playa.

Dubbed the ultimate vacation with Luke Bryan & Friends, Crash My Playa 2023 marked the third year that the event will be held at Moon Palace Cancún with the initial year being in 2020 and the eighth year of the event overall.

Fans in attendance were treated to an all-inclusive concert as well as enjoyed daily pool parties and other amenities offered by the resort, including a relaxing visit to the lavish AWE-Spa or a fun-filled outing at the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

For additional information on Crash My Playa visit the official website at

ABC’s “American Idol” stars judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and host Ryan Seacrest; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
ABC’s “American Idol” stars judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and host Ryan Seacrest; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

Return To American Idol

Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will return to American Idol for Season 21. 

American Idol recently teased the upcoming season with a new video promo clip, which featured all three Idol judges, including Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie as well as host Ryan Seacrest. View the promo clip HERE

Seacrest recently opened up about the forthcoming season during an interview with PEOPLE where he revealed that fans can expect to see quite a few country singers in the mix. 

Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol
Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy ABC, American Idol

“The season is going to be really great,” he teased. “We found some great contestants, a lot of country singers as one might expect.” 

The highly anticipated season premiere is set for Sunday, February 19, 2023 on the ABC Television Network.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.