Kanye West performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England

Kanye West performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 Arena on February 25, 2015 in London, England

*Madonna’s backwards tumble down the stairs wasn’t the only buzzy thing from the Brit Awards this week.

The look on Lionel Richie’s face says it all.

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Lionel Richie watches Kanye West perform at the Brit Awards at London’s O2 Arena

*The former Commodores frontman later said he was appalled by Kanye West’s repeated use of the N-Word (39 times) during his energetic performance of “All Day.” Viewers at home heard only half the performance, due to all the bleeping. Still, the rapper managed to slip a lot by ITV censors…while leaving many in London’s O2 Arena looking just like Richie.

Yeezy’s new friend Taylor Swift sat in the front row next to Kim Kardashian and the two danced along to the performance.

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Asked about his startled reaction caught on camera, Richie told Britain’s Daily Mirror: “Am I fan of the N-word? Not coming from the 1960s and ’70s. Whereas the new world has embraced it. I don’t think it’s okay for a black man to use the N-word. I don’t like it – and I am a black man. I don’t think it should be said and become normal. Kanye is giving us the generation shock value. How he carries on for the next 10 years, we will see.”

Watch Kanye’s Brit Award performance below: