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Lionel Richie To Receive American Music Icon Award

Lionel Richie will be the recipient of the Icon Award at the 2022 American Music Awards.

The legendary singer/songwriter will be awarded the honorary prize in recognition of the “global influence” his music has had throughout the years. 

In a statement about the AMA achievement, Richie said “I’m immensely grateful for a career that has taken me to places I never imagined that I’d go, from arenas worldwide to studio sets to the AMA stage.” “I can recall one of the first times I got to perform at the AMAs. It was to sing We Are the World among the most iconic musicians of my generation, so it is surreal to be receiving this recognition 36 years later.”

The first and only artist to be featured on the American Music Award show’s stage in every decade since it’s 1974 inception, Richie will appear at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to look back at his biggest hits.

Executive producer and showrunner Jesse Collins praised the musician stating “Lionel Richie has had a profound impact on countless people around the world and on the music industry as a whole.” “From the millions of dollars raised due to 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 official AMA announcement comes just days after Richie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday (11.05.)

Along with performances by Pink, Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, J.I.D., Tems, Wizkid, and Yola the 2022 American Music Awards, will take place on 20 November.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Eva Rinaldi