Lionel Richie Needs to Read More Celebrity News

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Lionel Richie says he "doesn't know" if his daughter, Nicole Richie, is pregnant. Obviously, he doesn't read this or any other celebrity gossip site.

After all, it's pretty well confirmed that Nicole is pregnant.

Nonetheless, Lionel Richie poked fun at himself for being an out-of-touch father of late, pleading to People, "Nicole, baby, call me!"

The pop legend was serious, though, in discussing how his life might change if his daughter is pregnant - and she definitely is.

"Grandpa, man, that's wild," Lionel Richie said at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Saturday. "I don't know if I'm going to be grandpa. I don't know if I'm ready to be called grandpa."

Lionel, you can drop the "if," man. Sure as summer days are long and Paris Hilton's pussy seems to pop up in many celebrity photo galleries, your daughter's got a bun in the oven.

As for his daughter's fame, Lionel says that Nicole Richie is "living her life under a microscope, but it's the kind of life you live at that age."

Richie also told a group of reporters he believes Nicole is fabulous.

"She keeps apologizing [about being in the news so much], I tell you, she's doing exactly what you're supposed to do... she's living her life. If we had cell phones, MySpace, Internet back then, God knows what my parents would have known about The Commodores."

Lionel Richie, looking fit in blue jeans and a white dress shirt, played several of his hits from Commodores era at the Superdome on the final day of the Essence Music Festival.

The festival returned to New Orleans this year after a one-year move to Houston while the Katrina-damaged Superdome was being repaired.

"There comes a time in your career when people tell you that you've made it, and that's what I feel has happened to me," Richie said. "I just feel completely honored to apply these songs to be part of helping New Orleans recover, and I'm humbled by how this city has embraced me."

Saturday's concert for the city of New Orleans also featured Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Ne-Yo and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

"That, what you heard tonight, was pure foundation. I'm just sorry I didn't have my platform shoes and Afro," Lionel Richie said.

Lionel Richie says his immediate plans are to work on an album with Ne-Yo and go on tour in Europe and Australia.

Rowland, who performed snippets of several songs for about 20 minuets as the first act on Saturday, was also ecstatic to be in the Big Easy as a solo artist.

Said Kelly Rowland: "When I was four, I told my momma, 'I want to sing on stage like Whitney Houston with a red dress on.'"

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He doesn't know if she is pregnant because he was wearing a blindfold.