Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie is an international superstar, an Oscar winner, 5-time Grammy winner, 16-time American Music Award winner, and has sold 100 million albums worldwide.

A little known fact is that Lionel and Irving Berlin are the only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. It all began when Lionel joined with some other musicians as a saxophonist and pianist. They formed a group originally called The Mystics, and then The Jays. One day, while trying to decide on a new name for the group, the band decided to open the dictionary at random and point to a word. As the story goes, they almost called themselves The Commodes, however, the group, knowing they could not bear to become known as The Commodes, decided on The Commodores.

Once day in 1971, the vice president of Motown Records saw them performing and they were given a record deal. A couple of months later, as the opening act for The Jackson 5, The Commodores began to achieve international success. The Commodores would go on to have more singles that topped the charts, including “Brick House," “Just to Be Close to You," and “Too Hot Ta Trot,” to name a few.

In 1981, when Lionel decided to pursue a solo career, his fans rolled with him. They watched Lionel become one of the most successful artists of the 1980s, with a string of 13 top ten hits between 1981 and 1987, including nine #1 singles. The first was, “Endless Love," a ballad that he wrote and sang as a duet with his dear friend, Diana Ross.

Then came the success of “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Hello” and “Say You (Say Me)," for which he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe. His 1982 self-titled album established a run of platinum-plus albums throughout the '80s, with 1986’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” becoming a pop and R&B classic. He also found time to co-write with Michael Jackson what would eventually become pop’s most famous anthem -- the Live-Aid tune “We Are the World.”

Lionel’s continuing relevance as a multi-generational artist was evidenced by his inclusion as a celebrity judge on “American Idol,” and his most recent tour with CeeLo Green.

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