Las Vegas, April 30 : Singer Lionel Richie paid tribute to the late singer Prince and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson during the opening night of his Las Vegas residency.  The 66-year-old performed songs in tribute to Jackson, who collaborated with Richie on the track “We are the world”, and the “Purple rain” star, who passed away earlier this month at his Paisley Park estate near Minnesota, reports femalefirst.co.uk.   Also Read: Lionel Richie to get musical tribute at Grammys Also Read - Bajrang Dal Members in Bihar Force Muslim Man to Chant 'Jai Shri Ram', Thrash And Attempt to Slit His Throat on Refusal

He performed on Wednesday.  “We lost them way too soon. Prince’s talent was best in the world. I’d find myself writing harder just to keep up with his genius, and I thought mine was pretty good,” Las Vegas Sun newspaper quoted Richie as saying. Also Read - Viral Video: Mizoram Man Dances to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' in Midst of Rainstorm on The Roof

Thrilled by the crowd’s reaction to his on-stage performance, the “Hello” hitmaker shared that the reaction of the audience was something “I’ve never quite seen”.  “I was almost ready to cry, it was so emotional. They were giving me 150 percent with their emotions, so I had to up my game to 250 percent. We’ve never had a concert like this. It was incredible,” he said. Also Read - Street Dancer 3D: Prabhu Deva's Michael Jackson Look Feeds Fans Excitement Ahead of Trailer Launch