When it’s time for the 2022 American Music Awards to celebrate the legacy and impact of Lionel Richieit took several artists – including one of Lionel’s paintings. Charlie Puth and Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Lionel, 73, who received this year’s Icon Award. Stevie, 72, and Charlie, 30, performed in several Lionel concerts, and turned the Microsoft Theater into the largest grand piano in Los Angeles. The two took turns playing a snippet of Lionel Richie’s song, showing the man’s influence over the years. The ceremony ended with “We Are The World,” and everyone in the theater joined in.
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Some of the biggest stars of the night – like It’s Lennox – came out to sing, and Lionel couldn’t control himself. He jumped on the stage and joined them.
#AMA King Stevie redeemed himself with the song We Are The World because I know at one point Lionel looked like Da F 🥴😳. No one else could pay the tax??? 😂😂😂. #AMA pic.twitter.com/ZAMfwJoNTC
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Beautiful tribute to #lionelrichie no #AMA Cantando “We Are The World” 🥺 pic.twitter.com/2Ct0Y520gv
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“I started here, at the AMAs, with my career, until today, forty years later, I’m back at the AMAs,” said Lionel while accepting the Icon Award, which he thanked. Dick Clark, before thanking his children – Sofia Richie, Nicole Richie, and Miles Richie – and their mothers, to help raise them.
Smokey Robinson, the first host of the AMAs back in 1972, said he was “honored” to present the award to his “brother”, Lionel Richie. From there, the audience was treated to a retrospective of Lionel’s career, from his time with the Commodores, to when he played solo.
#AMA Icon Award Winner: Lionel Richie 👏 pic.twitter.com/YbDtFUbuV2
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The AMAs announced in early November that Lionel will receive the Icon Award at the 2022 ceremony, making history: with his performance in 2022, he will become the only artist to be featured on the AMAs stage every decade since the show’s inception in 1974. Billboard). The Icon Award is his 18th AMA, with his first two coming with a ban, the Commodores, and the rest won as a solo artist. In 1984, Richie was the first to host the AMAs alone. The following year, he returned as host and won six awards during that night.
“I am so grateful for a career that has taken me to places I never thought I could go, from arenas around the world to the studio to the AMA stage,” Lionel Richie said of the Icon Awards. “I remember the first time I performed at the AMAs. I was singing ‘We Are the World’ among the most famous singers of my generation, so it’s great to receive this recognition 36 years later.”
“Lionel Richie has had an impact on countless people around the world and in the music industry,” said Jesse Collins, host and host of the show. “From the millions of dollars he raised for ‘We Are The World’ to the global impact his sound still has today, Richie is the definition of a living legend, and honoring him with an AMAs Icon Award is a no-brainer.”
This performance gives Lionel a good reputation. In 2022, Lionel was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022, which includes. Eminem, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Eurythmics, Duran Duran, and Setting up Pat Benatar.
Lionel Richie (Alexis C Glenn/UPI/Shutterstock) “I have to say that there are people who have had to be a little more lenient,” he said in a statement, admitting that he prefers the tourist life to the domestic life. “Sometimes when you fall in love with the music business, you tend to fall and people don’t understand what you’re doing. I missed 25 years of mock meetings, bonfires, and family reunions.”
From there, he thanked his three children – including Sophia Richie and Nicole Richie — before adding, “I want to say thank you for being on my magical journey. And I want to let everyone know that I may not be coming home for a while. I love this business. I love what I do. Thank you so much for this amazing time.” (h/t Vulture)