Lionel Richie's career began with the Commodores, where he developed a groundbreaking style, with smash hits such as "Three Times A Lady," "Still," and "Easy." Later, his solo career took off with the 1983 Grammy Album Of The Year, Can't Slow Down, releasing classics such as "All Night Long,” "Stuck On You," and "Hello." He continued to push boundaries and attract fans worldwide due to his penchant for breaking genre barriers while crafting music that would be both singular and timeless.
Richie performed at the 1984 Summer Olympics, composed with Michael Jackson the Grammy-winning "We Are The World," and commenced a decade later with a run of powerful albums, starting with with the gold-certified Louder Than Words, followed by Time, and 2001's Renaissance.
He’s sold 100 million albums worldwide, won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe, four Grammy Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, and 16 American Music Awards, but he’s just as proud of achievements such as his honorary doctorates from Tuskegee University and Boston College, Tuskegee University Bachelor’s Degree, membership in the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha who also counts Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr. amongst its brethren. He received the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award presented at Harvard University and was inducted to both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Richie was even knighted in France, receiving the Légion d’Honneur!
This year, Lionel was honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year. At the 2016 Grammy Awards Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Tyrese Gibson, John Legend, and Meghan Trainor combined their talents to perform some of his greatest hits, paying perfect tribute to his iconic career.
Lionel continues to tour worldwide. In 2015 he performed at Glastonbury to the largest crowd in the festival’s history. April 2016 he will kick off a Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood.
In the spirit of giving back, Richie’s charity interests extend from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, City of Hope, and Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, to UNICEF, and the Art of Elysium.