Lionel Richie will receive the “Icon” award at the American Music Awards
Lionel Richie can now say hello to another illustrious award.
The chart-topping singer-songwriter will receive the “Icon” award at this month’s American Music Awards to recognize his decades of influence, organizers announced Monday.
“I am extremely grateful for a career that has taken me to places I never imagined to go, from arenas around the world to studio sets to the AMA stage,” Richie said.
“I remember one of the first times I got to play the AMAs. It was to sing ‘We Are the World’ among the most iconic musicians of my generation, so it’s surreal to receive this recognition. 36 years later.
The award will be the 18th Richie has received from the AMAs, with previous honors including Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist in 1985 and 1987.
The 73-year-old has released 10 studio albums and scored a dozen No. 1 hits, including ‘Hello’, ‘All Night Long (All Night)’ and ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’. He has acted as a judge in the ABC singing contest “American Idol” since 2018.
The AMAs introduced the “Icon” award in 2013, naming Rihanna as the first recipient. The honor is designed to recognize a body of work that has had “a global influence on the music industry”, organizers say.
Richie will be on hand to accept the honor at the Nov. 20 ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, which ABC will broadcast live.
Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons and Pink are among the performers on the show.