LOS ANGELES – Lionel Richie will be honored all night for his musical accomplishments.
The Library of Congress said Thursday that Ritchie will receive the National Library’s Gershwin Award for Popular Song. He will be honored at the All-Star Celebration in Washington DC on March 9th.
PBS channels will broadcast the concert on May 17.
“This is truly a lifetime honor and I am so grateful to have received the Gershwin Award for Popular Song,” Ritchie said in a statement. “I am proud to join all the other previous artists that I also admire and am a fan of their music.”
Past recipients include Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Garth Brooks.
Richie is known for his catalog of hits including “All Night Long”, “Endless Love”, “Lady”, “Penny Lover”, “Truly” and “Stuck on You”. He co-wrote the historically popular song “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson.
Prior to his solo career as a superstar, Richie was a founding member of the Commodores, a funk and soul band that made waves in the 1970s. The group was a huge success backed by hits like “Three Times a Lady”, “Still” and “Easy”.
The singer received four Grammy awards, an Oscar and the title of Person of the Year according to MusicCares in 2016. In 2017, he was honored by the Kennedy Center.
Richie has mentored aspiring music artists as a judge on ABC’s American Idol for the past four seasons. He expects to return for the show’s 20th season.
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, said Ritchie was an inspirational artist who helped “strengthen our global connections.”
“The unforgettable work of Lionel Richie showed us that music can bring us together,” said Hayden. “Even when we run into problems and disagree, songs can show us what we have in common.”