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Lionel Richie will receive the Gershwin Award for Popular Song

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Lionel Richie will receive the Gershwin Award for Popular Song

The Library of Congress reported Thursday that, on March 9, Lionel Richie will receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the National Library in a star-studded concert in Washington that will be broadcast on the 17th of the same month, by the PBS networks.

“East it is truly a once in a lifetime honor, and I am very grateful to receive the Gershwin Award for Popular Song,” Richie said in a statement. “I am proud to join all the other artists above, who I also admire and am a fan of their music.”

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song is an award given to a composer or performer for lifetime contributions to popular music.

Lionel Richie Is An Inescapable Figure In Soul And Funk History.  Photoamy Harris/Invision/Ap

Lionel Richie is an inescapable figure in soul and funk history. PhotoAmy Harris/Invision/AP

Award with illustrious surnames

Created in 2007 by the United States Library of Congress, the award is named after brothers George and Ira Gershwin, whose contributions to popular music included songs like I Got Rhythm, Embraceable You Y Someone to Watch Over Methe orchestral pieces Rhapsody in Blue Y An American in Paris , and the opera Porgy and Bess.

The creation of the award was the brainchild of television and film producers Peter Kaminsky, Bob Kaminsky, Cappy McGarr and Mark Krantz and columnist and writer Dalton Delan, after they created the national award for humor, the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Award.

The first of the artists who received the distinction and inaugurated the history of the award was Paul Simon. Behind the author of stainless songs like Sounds of Silence Y Bridge Over Troubled Waters figures such as Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, King Carole, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Garth Brooks were in the column.

A benchmark of the ’70s and ’80s

Richie is known for a catalog of hits including all night long, Endless Love, Lady, Penny Lover, truly Y Stuck on You. He also co-wrote with Michael Jackson the iconic song We Are the World, leitmotiv of the USA for Africa initiative, which brought together great figures in music.

Before achieving superstardom as a solo artist, Richie was a founding member of the Commodores, a funk and soul band that caused a sensation in the 1970s. The group had tremendous success backed by chart-topping hits like Three Times a Lady, Still Y Easy.

The singer He has received four Grammy Awards, an Oscar and MusicCares Person of the Year honors in 2016. Additionally, he was honored by the Kennedy Center Honors in 2017.

Richie has mentored aspiring musical artists as a judge on ABC’s American Idol for the past four seasons, and hopes to return for the show’s 20th season.

Lionel Richie Passed Through Argentina In March 2016. Photo Guillermo Rodriguez Adami

Lionel Richie passed through Argentina in March 2016. Photo Guillermo Rodriguez Adami

Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said that Richie has been an inspiring artist who helped “strengthen our global connections”.

“The Unforgettable Work of Lionel Richie has shown us that music can unite us” Hayden said. “Even when we face problems and disagree, songs can show us what we have in common.”

Source: AP/JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.

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