It’s time to celebrate Lionel Richie twice! The singer has experienced two days of success, including being named the 2022 American Music Awards Icon Award recipient and being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Richie will be the first musician in history to have performed on the AMAs stage in each decade since the show’s inception, according to an announcement made by the event’s producers on Monday. On November 20, he will be presented with the Icon Award during the AMA presentation.
Lionel Richie Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Along with Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Eminem, and Dolly, Richie made it to the Rock Hall on Saturday night. The 73-year-old singer added, “I cannot and will not leave this stage without thanking my dear dear dear friends The Commodores.”
Thank God for the Commodores, without whom Lionel Richie would not have existed. I might add that some people have genuinely had to put up with a lot.
People often don’t understand what you’re doing when you fall out of love with the music industry after falling in love with it. He continued, “I missed 25 years of family reunions, bonfires, and pep rallies.”
I want to thank all of my friends, my family, Miles, Sofie, and Nicole, he continued. the grandchildren Lisa, I love you. I’d like to express my gratitude to them for enduring my amazing mystery tour.
Additionally, I want to let everyone know that I’m not likely to return home for a while. This company has my heart. What I do, I adore. I’m extremely grateful for this wonderful occasion.
The Singer will be Presented with the AMA Icon Award 2022
Lionel Richie has had a tremendous influence on numerous people all over the world as well as the music business as a whole, according to Jesse Collins, executive producer of the 2022 AMAs, who announced the honor.
Richie is the epitome of a living legend, and awarding him the AMAs Icon Award is a no-brainer, continued the host. This is evidenced by the millions of dollars generated thanks to We Are the World and the continued global effect his distinctive music has today.
Following the announcement, Richie also issued the following statement: “I can remember one of the first times I got to play at the AMAs.”
It is strange to receive this acknowledgment 36 years after performing We Are the World with some of the most famous musicians of my generation.
Lionel Richie is a 17-time AMA winner
For his instrumental hit Machine Gun in 1974, the first year of the awards, Richie took home his first two AMAs.
He was the first celebrity to solo host the awards in January 1984. He was back as the anchor in 1985, and that evening, he took home six awards. His 18th overall AMA will be for the Icon honor.
A musician whose body of work has had a significant impact on the music industry on a global scale is given the Icon Award by the American Music Awards. Rihanna was the inaugural winner of the award when it was first presented in 2013.