NEWS / Lionel Richie is set to receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame's most prestigious honour in June (16).
The Dancing on the Ceiling singer will follow in the footsteps of songwriters including Carole King, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Stephen Sondheim when he receives the Johnny Mercer Award, the Hall of Fame's highest honour - reserved for artists whose work "upholds the gold standard" set by the late Mercer.
"Lionel's songs made you love and dance and will last forever in American culture; but he truly demonstrated the power of songwriting with his masterful co-writing of the global song We Are The World with Michael Jackson," said songwriting duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in a statement to USAToday.com.
The musicians, who are in their inaugural year as co-chairmen of the Songwriters Hall, received the Johnny Mercer Award in 2014.
Lionel will receive his prize on 9 June (16) at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel, while Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers and Chip Taylor will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Marvin Gaye and Nile's late Chic bandmate Bernard Edwards will be inducted posthumously.
Lionel's illustrious career is still going strong after spawning hits including Three Times a Lady, Hello and All Night Long. In February (16) he was honoured at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony, where fellow music star Stevie Wonder shared some kind words. They first collaborated in 1985 for a group performance of We are the World, which Lionel penned alongside late singer Michael Jackson.
"As you know he's a great songwriter, a great musician and most of all a great human being," Stevie told Access Hollywood, recalling the concert.
"The truth of the matter is that we are honouring a man who was part of the duo who wrote a song that changed the world. We all came together in the spirit of love and doing something to make a difference. It literally woke the world up, through the idea and concept of giving back to our fellow man."
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Lionel’s shows are world renowned for their party atmosphere and audiences will be able to join Lionel in singing along to classics such as ‘Hello’, ‘Easy’, ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, ‘Say You Say Me’ and ‘All Night Long’.
Lionel said: “It’s been an unforgettable year and I can’t wait to return to the UK to see my fans. It’s always been a really special place for me and this year in particular the UK has been incredible to me. I’m excited to be getting out there and seeing some new faces and I’m sure some old ones too!”
The UK fell back in love with Lionel last year following a sellout tour that received glittering reviews and culminated in a phenomenal Glastonbury performance. After drawing the biggest crowd of the weekend with over 100,000 people flocking to the Pyramid Stage, Lionel’s album ‘The Definitive Collection’ reached Number 1 on the UK album charts for the first time in 23 years.
Lionel went on to receive British GQ’s Icon Award adding to a celebrated career, which includes four GRAMMYs, a Golden Globe and even an Oscar. Having sold over 100 million albums worldwide and Lionel shows no signs of slowing down. (Bron: Music News)
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