Lionel Richie has been named as 2016’s MusiCares Person of the Year. Proceeds from the 26th annual benefit gala dinner and concert to be held on February 13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center — two nights prior to CBS’ The 58th Annual Grammy Awards telecast — “will provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need.”
Among the high profile artists saluting Richie’s career both on his own and with the Commodores will be former Motown labelmate Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, the Roots, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan, and Demi Lovato.
Lionel Richie ruled the charts in the 1970’s and ’80s with such self-penned tunes like “Hello,” “Running With The Night,” “You Are,” “Sail On,” “Lady,” “All Night Long (All Night),” “Still,” “Stuck On You,” “Truly,” “My Love,” “Endless Love,” “Dancing On The Ceiling,” “Three Times A Lady,” and many others. He told us that his simple secret for success was keeping his pulse on what was happening in new music and never stop learning from his peers: “How did I get in this business in the first place? I was a little kid over in the corner watching Marvin Gaye record, watching Stevie Wonder record. And the word is called. . . I was learning. My overall philosophy is, the day you ever decide that you know it all is the day you’re out of the business. I love the idea of, yes, I’m Lionel Richie, I’m established as Lionel Richie, but what’s happening around me?”
Never one to rest on his laurels, Lionel Richie’s last album, the 2012 country set, Tuskegee, topped the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum for one million copies sold.
Overall, Richie has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide over the course of his career both with the Commodores and on his own.