Lionel Richie to Receive Icon Award at American Music Awards – Music News
Lionel Richie will receive the Icon Award at the 2022 American Music Awards later this month.
The All Night Long singer will receive the honorary award in recognition of the “global influence” his music has had over the years.
“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 in a statement. “I remember one of the first times I was able to perform at 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.”
Richie will also take the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to look back on his greatest hits, making him the first and only artist to appear on the awards show stage in every decade since its inception in 1974. award will be his 18th AMA.
“Lionel Richie has had a profound impact on countless people around the world and on the music industry as a whole,” said executive producer and showrunner Jesse Collins. “From millions of dollars raised through We Are the World to the global influence his unique sound still has today, Richie is the definition of a living legend and honoring him with the AMAs Icon Award is a no-brainer.”
The announcement comes just days after Richie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The 2022 American Music Awards, hosted by Wayne Brady, will take place on November 20. The ceremony will feature performances from Pink, Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, JID, Tems, Wizkid and Yola.