Lionel Richie

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Lionel Brockman Richie Jr.
  • Birth Place: Tuskegee, AL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/20/1949, Gemini
  • Profession: 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:
  • Miles Brockman Richie - Son
  • Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. - Father
  • Sofia Richie - Daughter
  • Alberta Foster Richie - Mother
  • Diane Alexander - Wife
  • Brenda Richie - Ex-wife
  • Nicole Richie - Daughter
  • Lionel Richie Awards:
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Musical Performer - Winner
  • 1987 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Music Video - Winner
  • 2012 CMT Music Awards: Collaborative Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 1982 Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1985 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1982 People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Song - Winner
  • 1983 People's Choice Awards: Favorite New Song - Winner
  • 1984 Grammy: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical - Winner
  • 1985 Grammy: Song of the Year - Winner
  • 1981 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Nominee
  • 1984 Grammy: Album of the Year - Winner
  • 1982 Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male - Winner
  • 2014 CMT Music Awards: CMT Performance of the Year - Winner
  • 1985 Oscar: Best Achievement in Music (Original Song) - Winner
  • College:
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (1974)

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