Lionel Richie acquired the Icon Award on the 2022 American Music Awards Sunday night (Nov. 20), however he spent his time below the highlight educating the “younger superstars” what it means to be of their place.
Smokey Robinson introduced the consideration to “my brother, my buddy,” joking about how usually the 2 get confused for each other. “Individuals have come to me many occasions and say, ‘Ooh, ooh, I like your music! I acquired all the things you ever made. Would you signal this for me, Lionel?’” he recalled whereas being met with roaring applause. “So once they say that to me, I signal, ‘A lot love, Lionel Richie.’ And he has achieved the identical. Individuals come to him and say, ‘Oh Smokey, I actually love you!’ So he indicators, ‘A lot love, Smokey Robinson.’”
Richie’s 1983 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “All Evening Lengthy (All Evening)” kicked off the tribute video, which featured Robinson, Ne-Yo, Katy Perry and Shania Twain showering him with reward and celebrating his legacy. “Clearly, the next energy selected Lionel Richie as a vessel,” Ne-Yo stated within the clip, along with his fellow American Idol choose chiming in by saying, “It’s virtually like his fingers are his magic wands and he’s like, ‘OK.’”
The 17-time AMA winner ultimately appeared on the stage and thanked “Lionel” for presenting him with the Icon Award, whereas extending his gratitude to his youngsters, the “moms of my children for preserving my children collectively,” his supervisor Bruce Eskowitz and girlfriend Lisa Parigi “who is definitely extra of the grownup within the room as a result of she has to take care of me.” The 72-year-old celebrity spent the rest of his time on stage speaking to the “younger superstars.”
“God has given you a lightweight. That mild is particular. That mild is just given to some. Whenever you hear the phrase ‘hip,’ it means in the present day. Whenever you hear the phrase ‘inspiring,’ it means without end. When you get an opportunity to have that mild on you, perceive what God has in retailer,” Richie defined. “He’s not attempting to let you know that your automotive appears to be like nice, your garments look nice. He’s attempting to inform — He, She, Mom, God — is attempting to let you know that you’re chosen to encourage. Take this chance. That mild is on you. Encourage. God bless you all. Thanks very a lot.”