Coronation concert viewers were stunned by Lionel Richie’s performance on a star-studded show

Crowds at THE King’s Coronation concert tonight stunned as pop legend Lionel Richie took the stage for his much-anticipated performance.

King Charles and Queen Camilla watched world famous acts from around the world perform.

The audience at the coronation concert were stunned by Lionel Richie's performance


The audience at the coronation concert were stunned by Lionel Richie’s performanceCredit: AP
Viewers asked,


Viewers asked, “What happened to Lionel’s voice?”Credit: AP

Singing superstar Lionel, 73, got the crowds going as he belted out his hits “Easy (Like Sunday Mornings)” and “All Night Long.”

Known for his smooth, silky voice, viewers at home couldn’t help but notice something very odd about Lionel’s voice.

One wrote: “His voice is gone time to call it a day #LionelRichie.”

“Lionel sounds like he’s pranking Dad at a wedding,” one cheekily posted.

A third said: “What the heck happened to Lionel’s voice #CoronationConcert”

“The sound at the concert is terrible. Lionel lengthened a verse to allow the music to catch up,” a fourth tweeted.

Someone else said: “In other news, what happened to Lionel Richie? Has he died and been replaced? Doesn’t sound like him #CoronationConcert.”

“Sounds like Shane Richie, not Lionel, that’s awful,” while that person echoed.

The concert comes after Charles was crowned King of the United Kingdom at 12.04pm at Westminster Abbey on Saturday.

And tonight millions will watch as Take That, Katy Perry, Richie, Paloma Faith and more perform in celebration of the king.

The big event started at 8 p.m. and is scheduled to last two hours, ending at 10 p.m.

You can catch the concert at a screening venue in St James’s Park, London – access to the park opens at 4pm.

The big event will be shown on a big screen in the park, but there will be no screens in Hyde Park.

The concert will also be broadcast live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.

Take That and Katy Perry are among the major musical acts who will perform at the concert.

Newcomers are Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and classical soul composer Alexis Ffrench.

Freya Ridings has reportedly withdrawn from the event due to being unwell.

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Meanwhile, Zak Abel will now join the lineup.

Other cast members included Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Bette Midler, Tiwa Savage, Steve Winwood and Pete Tong.

Many thought it didn't sound like his usual soft, silky voice


Many thought it didn’t sound like his usual soft, silky voicePhoto credit: Getty

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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