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Lionel Richie

There are times in a person’s life when the gravity of what happens along the way of your journey happens to culminate to one particular place.
—Lionel Richie

2022 Gershwin Lionel Richie Videos

Lionel Richie received the 2022 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award celebrated his lifetime achievement in creating, performing, recording and promoting popular song as a vehicle for musical expression and cultural understanding. With more than 125 million albums sold worldwide, he has been recognized with an Oscar, a Golden Globe, four Grammy® Awards, the distinction of MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016, and Kennedy Center Honors in 2017.

This Tuskegee, Alabama native is a true music icon. He is known for his mega-hits such as “Endless Love,” “Lady,” “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Penny Lover,” “Stuck on You,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and co-wrote one of the most important pop songs in history, “We Are the World,” for U.S.A. for Africa. His song catalog also includes his early work with The Commodores, when he developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning hits such as “Three Times a Lady,” “Still” and “Easy.” Richie is one of only two songwriters who have written eight No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Richie is also beloved as a judge on ABC’s “American Idol.”

In spring 2019, Richie was named Global Ambassador and Chairman of the Global Ambassador Group for the Prince’s Trust, a charity founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales that helps young people all over the world achieve their dreams and transform their lives. He was a featured performer at the coronation of King Charles III in 2023.

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