Lionel Richie to Receive Gershwin Prize 2022
The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will be awarded to Lionel Richie in 2022, according to the Library of Congress (Jan. 13).
On March 9, an all-star homage to the pop and R&B artist will take place in Washington, D.C. On May 17, the concert will be aired on PBS stations.
Richie is the award's 12th winner and the third who rose to prominence at Berry Gordy's Motown Records.
Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson were the first two (2016). They are also the only African-American composers to get the award.
Richie stated in a statement, "This is definitely an honour of a lifetime, and I am very pleased to be receiving the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song."
Richie has been nominated for six Grammy Awards for song of the year, tying Paul McCartney for the most by any songwriter in Grammy history.
"Three Times a Lady" (1978), "Lady" (1980), "Endless Love" (1981), "All Night Long (All Night)" (1983), "Hello" (1984), and "We Are the World" (1985) Richie's song of the year nominations (1985).
In 2017, Richie was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors. Almost every winner of the Gershwin Prize has been been honoured by the Kennedy Center.
Richie has been an inspiring entertainer who has helped "strengthen our worldwide relationships," according to Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress.
"Lionel Richie's remarkable work has showed us that music has the power to unite us," Hayden continued.