On Thursday, January 13, the Washington Library of Congress announced who will be his 12and recipient for the Gershwin Prize. Pop and R&B superstar Lionel Richie wins the Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will be celebrated during a tribute to the stars in Washington on March 9, 2022.
Lionel Richie Wins 2022 Gershwin Prize
Lionel Richie is the twelfth recipient of the Gershwin Prize and the third who became famous at Motown Records by Berry Gordy. Richie’s predecessors were Stevie Wonder (2009) and Smokey Robinson (2016), the only black composers to receive this honor.
” It’s truly the honor of a lifetime, and I’m very grateful to receive the Gershwin Award for Popular Song said Richie in a statement. ” I am proud to join all the other previous artists, whom I also admire and am a fan of their music. »
Richie also received six nominations for grammys for song of the year. These nominations place him on par with Paul McCartney, the famous songwriter who has received the most awards in Grammy history. In addition, the Gershwin Prize was also awarded to McCartney in 2010.
Richie’s songs nominated for the Grammys in the category “song of the year” are: ” Three Times a Lady (1978), “Lady” (1980), ” Endless Love ” (nineteen eighty one). To these titles are added: “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983), “Hello” (1984) and “ We are The World (1985). This last song co-written with michael jackson won the award.
Lionel Richie won the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture in 1986
Richie received three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song for “Endless Love” from the film of the same name (1981). The other two titles are “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister)” by The Color Purple (1985) and White Nights’ “Say You Say Me” (also 1985). He won the award for the latter song.
As a reminder, HER, Dernst Emile II (D’Mile) and Tiara Thomas were the first songwriters to win a Grammy for Song of the Year. These authors not only won a Grammy, but also an Oscar for Best Original Song last year. They were the first songwriters to achieve this double feat with different songs in the same year. The singer Lionel Richie did it 35 years earlier, which proves that he was not the least at the time.
In 2021, there was no recipient for the Gershwin Prize, with the most recent winner being Garth Brooks in 2020. There are a total of 12 winners for the Gershwin Prize. Among these recipients, there are two musical pairs: Burt Bacharach & Hal David (2012) and Gloria & Emilio Estefan (2019).
As a reminder, the first recipient of the Gershwin Prize was Paul Simon in 2007. Carole King (2014, the first woman to win), Billy Joël (2014), willie nelson (2015, the first country songwriter to win) also took the plunge. In 2017, Tony Bennett was also nominated (the first non-writing artist to win).
Lionel Richie was nominated for the Kennedy Center Honors in 2017. Note that almost all Gershwin Award winners have also received the Kennedy Center Honors. The only exceptions are Bacharach & David and Emilio Estefan.
Lionel Richie is an inspiring artist who has helped strengthen global connections
Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said in a statement that Richie has been an inspiring artist. He would have helped strengthen global connections “.
“Lionel Richie’s unforgettable work has shown us that music can bring us together added Hayden. “ Even when we run into problems and disagree on issues, songs can show us what we have in common. »
The prize was created in 2007 by the Library of Congress and bears the name of brothers George and Ira Gershwin. The latter wrote unforgettable songs such as ” I Got Rhythm “, “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”.
Lionel Richie is undoubtedly one of the giants of his time. Indeed, her titles “Lady” and ” Endless Love were for a long time at the top of sales during the 1980s. Thanks to his eponymous album, he reached the rank of superstar and sold more than 10 million copies.
The singer was invited to close the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 in front of more than 2.3 billion viewers. This is one of the most significant events in its history.
Moreover, his title co-written with Michael Jackson in 1985 ” We are The World was four times platinum. This hit tube was produced with the aim of raising funds to fight famine in Africa.
Besides, Lionel Richie is the father of a daughter, Nicole Escovedo, better known as Nicole Richie, adopted in 1990 at the age of 9. From the 90s, the singer is less present on the media scene, but continues to release albums.