John Legend, Common Face Off in Amazing Retro Lip Sync Battle: Watch

Can’t touch this! John Legend and Common showed off some seriously impressive chops in an amazing lip sync battle. 

In a new video, the two stars paid tribute to ’80s icons with Legend, 36, impersonating MC Hammer and Common, 42, performing as Lionel Richie. The clip is a sneak peek of what’s to come on the April series premiere of Spike TV’s Tonight Show spin-off Lip Sync Battle.

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The teaser shows the “All of Me” crooner donning hammer pants and a plunging yellow blazer to become the retro rapper. As Legend mimed the lyrics to Hammer’s 1990 smash “U Can’t Touch This,” he busted out some throwback steps, grooving along with his backup dancers.

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He had some fierce competition in “Glory” performer Common. The Grammy winner did his best Richie in a wig, low-cut red shirt, and leather pants. Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., Common put on an epic performance of Richie’s 1983 classic “All Night Long (All Night).” 

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Hosted by LL Cool J with some help from co-host Chrissy Teigen (aka Mrs. John Legend), Lip Sync Battle will pit two stars against one another each week as they do their best to live up to the songs’ original artists. The sketch famously originated with Jimmy Fallon on his late-night shows. 

Watch Legend and Common take it back in the video above!

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