Lionel Richie will obtain the 2022 Gershwin Prize for Widespread Music, the Library of Congress introduced Thursday (Jan. 13). The pop and R&B celebrity might be feted at an all-star tribute in Washington, D.C., on March 9. PBS stations will broadcast the live performance on Might 17.
Richie is the twelfth recipient of the award; the third who rose to fame at Berry Gordy’s Motown Data. The primary two have been Stevie Surprise (2009) and Smokey Robinson (2016). These are additionally the one Black composers to obtain the respect.
“That is actually an honor of a lifetime, and I’m so grateful to be receiving the Gershwin Prize for Widespread Music,” Richie stated in a press release. “I’m proud to be becoming a member of all the opposite earlier artists, who I additionally admire and am a fan of their music.”
Richie has obtained six Grammy nominations for track of the 12 months, which places him in a tie with Paul McCartney for essentially the most by any songwriter in Grammy historical past. McCartney obtained the Gershwin Prize in 2010.
Richie’s track of the 12 months nods are for “Three Instances a Girl” (1978), “Girl” (1980), “Limitless Love” (1981), “All Night time Lengthy (All Night time)” (1983), “Howdy” (1984) and “We Are the World” (1985). The latter track, which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson, is his solely winner within the class.
Richie has additionally obtained three Oscar nods for greatest authentic track, for “Limitless Love” from the movie of the identical identify (1981), “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” from The Colour Purple (1985) and “Say You Say Me” from White Nights (additionally 1985). He gained for the latter track.
When H.E.R., Dernst Emile II (D’Mile) and Tiara Thomas gained each a Grammy for track of the 12 months and an Oscar for greatest authentic track final 12 months, they have been the primary songwriters to attain that double feat with totally different songs in the identical 12 months since Richie did it 35 years earlier – an indication of how how dominant he was on the time.
There was no Gershwin Prize recipient final 12 months. The newest recipient was Garth Brooks two years in the past.
The 12 recipients embody two musical pairs – Burt Bacharach & Hal David (2012) and Gloria & Emilio Estefan (2019).
The primary Gershwin Prize recipient was Paul Simon in 2007. Others, not already named, are Carole King (2014, the primary lady to win), Billy Joel (2014), Willie Nelson (2015, the primary nation songwriter to win) and Tony Bennett (2017, the primary non-writing performer to win).
Richie obtained the Kennedy Middle Honors in 2017. Virtually the entire Gershwin Prize recipients have additionally obtained the Kennedy Middle Honors. The one exceptions are Bacharach & David and Emilio Estefan.
Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, stated in a press release, Richie has been an inspiring entertainer who helped “strengthen our world connections.”
“Lionel Richie’s unforgettable work has proven us that music can convey us collectively,” Hayden added. “Even after we face issues and disagree on points, songs can present us what we’ve got in frequent.”
Created in 2007 by the Library of Congress, the prize is known as after brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who wrote such unforgettable songs as “I Obtained Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and “Somebody to Watch Over Me.”
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