‘American Idol’ Judge Lionel Richie Reacts to News of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
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American Idol judge Lionel Richie is among this year’s inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He’s joined in the Performers category by Dolly Parton, Pat Benatar, and more. Richie took to Twitter on Wednesday to react to the news.
Lionel Richie to Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
In his tweet, Richie called the news of his upcoming induction “an incredible honor.” He thanked “all of the voters,” as well as his “wonderful fans.” He went on to congratulate his fellow inductees, who include Eminem, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, and Carly Simon.
According to Rolling Stone, the induction ceremony will take place on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event will air later on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max. It will also be simulcast on SiriusXM’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Radio channel 310.
“This diverse group of inductees each had a profound impact on the sound of youth culture and helped change the course of rock & roll,” said John Sykes, Chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in a statement. “Their music moved generations and influenced so many artists that followed.”
This Is Richie’s First Time Being Nominated for the Honor
Richie’s nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was announced this past February. He was one of 17 artists nominated for the limited induction spots. This was his first time being nominated for the honor.
It’s not the only award the star has received recently. Earlier this year, Richie earned the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The event will air on PBS May 17. Fellow American Idol judge Luke Bryan honored him by performing his song “Lady.”
Richie’s career has spanned over 50 years, having won four Grammy Awards. His hits include “Hello,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and “Say You, Say Me.” He also co-wrote the 1985 charity single “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson.