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Lionel Richie to Receive Gershwin Prize for Pop Music

Lionel Richie to Receive Gershwin Prize for Pop Music
Lionel Richie poses in the press room during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Oct. 30, 2021. (Dustin Franz/AFP via Getty Images)

Thursday, 13 January 2022 08:31 AM EST

Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie will receive the national library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C., on March 9, The Library of Congress said Thursday.

PBS stations will broadcast the concert on May 17.

“This is truly an honor of a lifetime, and I am so grateful to be receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song,” Richie said in a statement. “I am proud to be joining all the other previous artists, who I also admire and am a fan of their music.”

Past recipients include Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Garth Brooks.

Richie is known for his catalog of hits including “All Night Long,” “Endless Love,” “Lady,” “Penny Lover,” “Truly” and “Stuck on You.” He co-wrote the historically popular song “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson.

Before his superstar solo career, Richie was a founding member of the Commodores, a funk and soul band that made waves in the 1970s. The group had tremendous success backed by chart-climbing hits such as “Three Times a Lady,” “Still” and “Easy.”

The singer has won four Grammys, an Oscar and the distinction of MusicCares Person of the Year in 2016. He was a Kennedy Center honoree in 2017.

Richie mentored aspiring music artists as a judge on ABC’s “American Idol” for the past four seasons. He expects to return for the show’s 20th season.

Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said Richie has been an inspiring entertainer who helped “strengthen our global connections.”

“Lionel Richie’s unforgettable work has shown us that music can bring us together,” Hayden said. “Even when we face problems and disagree on issues, songs can show us what we have in common.”

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Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie will receive the national library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C., on March 9, The Library of Congress said Thursday.
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