Lionel Richie will be the recipient of the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year title, to be bestowed at an all-star ceremony in Los Angeles on 13 February, as part of Grammy week. The event will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The 58th annual Grammy Awards themselves follow two nights later.
Among the stars gathering to pay musical tribute to the R&B-pop superstar and former Commodores frontman are Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Dave Grohl, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch, Leon Bridges, Lenny Kravitz, Demi Lovato, the Roots and Yolanda Adams.
The country community — especially significant to Richie after the release of his Tuskegee album of country collaborations in 2012 — is further represented by the addition of one of Nashville’s biggest names of the moment, Chris Stapleton. He joins the previously-announced Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown and Luke Bryan on the bill.
The MusiCares award, from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, recognises artists who have combined philanthropic efforts with creative achievements. Last year’s winner was Bob Dylan, and previous recipients include Wonder himself, Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.
Richie follows the event with a set of concerts in South America in late February and early March. He’s then set to start his new residency in Las Vegas, Lionel Richie: All The Hits, in April.
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