Lionel Richie honored at the American Music Awards

Lionel Richie will receive the Icon Award at the American Music Awards (AMA) later this month – making him the first recipient since Rihanna in 2013.

The Icon Award recognizes artists “whose body of work has had a worldwide influence on the music industry”.

In a statement, the 73-year-old said: “I am immensely grateful for a career that has taken me to places I never imagined I would go…it is surreal to receive this recognition.”

Richie, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 5, is no stranger to AMAs. In fact, his appearance on this year’s show makes him the only artist to appear on the show in every decade since its inception in 1974.

As part of the Commodores, Richie won Favorite Pop/Rock Song (for “There Times A Lady”) in 1979 and Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo/Group in 1980. Two years later, he and Diana Ross collected AMA for Favorite Pop. /Rock Song and Soul/R&B Song for their duet “Endless Love”.

Single-handedly, Richie won the AMAs in 1983 (Favourite Pop/Rock Song for “Truly”, Soul/R&B Male Artist), 1984 (Soul/R&B Song for “All Night Long”), 1985 (Pop/Rock Male Artist , Male Soul/R&B Artist, Male Pop/Rock Video Artist, Male Soul/R&B Video Artist, Pop/Rock Video and Soul/R&B Video for “Hello”), and in 1987 (Male Pop/Rock Artist, Male Artist Soul/R&B Artist, Soul/R&B Male Videographer).

“We Are The World,” which Richie co-wrote, was honored as Song of the Year in 1986.

Richie became the AMAs’ first solo host in 1984 and returned to the role the following year. He performed on the show in 1996 and 2006 and was nominated in 2012 for his album Tuskegee.

The AMAs, hosted by Wayne Brady, will air live from Los Angeles on November 20.

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