Lionel Richie will receive Gershwin Award 2022 for Popular Songs, the Library of Congress announced Thursday (January 13). The pop and R&B superstar will be introduced at an all-star honor in Washington, DC, on March 9. PBS stations will air the concert on May 17.
Richie is the 12th recipient of the award; the third became famous at Berry Gordy’s Motown Records. The first two are Stevie wondered (2009) and Smokey Robinson (2016). These are also the only Black composers to receive this honor.
“It has truly been the honor of a lifetime and I am so grateful to receive the Gershwin Award for Popular Song,” Richie said in a statement. “I am proud to be joining all of the previous artists who I also admire and are a fan of their music.”
Richie received six Grammy Award nominations for song of the year, which baffled him Paul McCartney the most of any musician in Grammy history. McCartney received the 2010 Gershwin Prize.
Song of the Year was given a nod by Richie for “Three Times a Lady” (1978), “Lady” (1980), “Endless Love” (1981), “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983), “Hello” ” (1984) and “We Are the World” (1985). The second song, which he co-wrote Michael Jackson, was his only winner in the category.
Richie has also received three Academy Awards for Best Original Song, for “Endless Love” from the film of the same name (1981), “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” from Purple (1985) and “Say You Say Me” from White Night (also in 1985). He won for the second song.
When HER, Dernst Emile II (D’Mile) and Tiara Thomas won both a Grammy for song of the year and an Oscar for best original song last year, they are the first musicians to achieve that double with different songs in the same year since when Richie did it 35 years ago – a sign of how dominant. he was at that time.
Last year there was no recipient of the Gershwin Prize. The most recent recipient is Garth Brooks two years ago.
The first recipient of the Gershwin Award was Paul Simon in 2007. The others, who have not been named, are Carole King (2014, first woman to win), Billy Joel (2014), Willie Nelson (2015, first country musician to win) and Tony Bennett (2017, first non-written performer wins).
Richie received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2017. Almost all of the recipients of the Gershwin Prize have also received the Kennedy Center Honors. The only exceptions are Bacharach & David and Emilio Estefan.
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, said in a statement Richie is an inspirational entertainer who has helped “strengthen our global connections”.
“Lionel Richie’s forgettable work has shown us that music can bring us together,” adds Hayden. “Even when we face problems and disagree on issues, songs can show us what we have in common.”
Established in 2007 by the Library of Congress, the award is named after the brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who wrote unforgettable songs like “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” and “Someone To See Over Me.”
https://www.billboard.com/music/awards/lionel-richie-2022-gershwin-prize-1235019011/ Lionel Richie receives the 2022 Gershwin Award – Billboard