Lionel Richie is contemplating sitting out his upcoming Kennedy Center Honor due to what he calls President Trump’s “controversies.” Vintage Vinyl News reported Richie, who’s currently on tour with Mariah Carey as part of their joint “All The Hits” tour, appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, and explained, “I wanna just play it by ear. I must tell you, I’m not really happy as to what’s going on right now with the controversies, and the weekly, daily, hourly (scandals Trump finds himself in), but I think I’m just gonna wait it out for a minute and see where it’s going to be by that time. This is going to be in December; we may be in a whole other world by that time, but I’m gonna wait it out.”
Richie will be honored in December along with Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, writer and producer Norman Lear, and Cuban-American dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade. Lear has made it clear that he will not attend the customary ceremony at the White House before the honor. Richie said: “I totally understand Norman’s point of view and I understand where we are as a country right now is going backwards, but all we can do is kinda sit here and hold our breaths on that (how racial tensions in the U.S. will change in the future). I’ll let you know (about visiting the White House); stay tuned!”
Lionel Richie 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?” at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center.
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