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Lionel Brockman Richie Jr.
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign:
Singer; songwriter; theatrical producer
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Lionel Richie Fast Facts:
Childhood home was actually on the Tuskegee University campus.
Grandfather had worked with the college's founder, Booker T. Washington.
Hoped at one point to become an Episcopal minister.
Taught himself to play the piano by ear.
First called the Mystics, his band became the Commodores after the word was picked at random out of a dictionary.
The Commodores lost all their equipment to van thieves on a 1969 trip to New York.
The Commodores opened for the Jackson Five on many tours in the early 1970s.
Richie's compositions rose to the No. 1 position on the U.S. pop singles chart at least once in every year between 1977 and 1985.
In 1985, composed (with Michael Jackson) and recorded "We Are the World," a recording benefiting African famine relief.
Received the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Has raised millions of dollars for the benefit of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In 2010, he took part in a remix of "We Are the World" (featuring the likes of Justin Bieber, Pink and Lady Gaga) for the benefit of those hit by an earthquake in Haiti.
Lionel Richie Relationships:
Alberta Foster Richie - Mother
Diane Alexander - Wife
Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. - Father
Sofia Richie - Daughter
Miles Brockman Richie - Son
Nicole Richie - Daughter
Brenda Richie - Ex-wife
Lionel Richie Awards:
1982 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
1985 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
1985 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Winner
1982 People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Song - Winner
1983 People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Song - Winner
2012 CMT Music Awards: Collaborative Video of the Year - Nominee
2014 CMT Music Awards: CMT Performance of the Year - Winner
1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Musical Performer - Winner
1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Music Video - Winner
1984 Grammy: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical - Winner
1985 Grammy: Song of the Year - Winner
1986 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
1982 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male - Winner
1984 Grammy: Album of the Year - Winner
1981 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (1974)
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