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Lionel Richie to receive lifetime achievement award

HONOURED: Lionel Ritchie

LIONEL RICHIE is due to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BET music awards in June.

The music icon, who has sold 100 million albums worldwide and won an Oscar, five Grammys and 16 American Music Awards, has previously been a recipient of the ASCAP Lifetime Achievement prize.

Richie started out his career as a member of funk and soul band The Commodores, defying his parents to join the group in 1968.

Three years later the group was offered a record deal by Motown. They started out as an opening act for The Jackson 5 and went on to enjoy success in the charts with Brick House, and Just To Be Close To You.

In 1981 Richie decided to pursue a solo career and became one of the most successful artists of the 1980s.

He was able to secure nine No.1 singles including Endless Love, Truly, Hello, and Say You (Say Me).

The accolade, which is reserved for the most influential players in the industry, will honor Richie for his contributions to music, culture and more.

He said: "I am extremely honored to receive the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“In Black America, it’s the BET Awards where artists receive the highest recognition for their talent from their peers and fans. I am so proud to be included in the extraordinary company of past 'Lifetime Achievement Award' recipients."

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