Thursday, 23 October 2008

Lionel Richie History

In 2002, Richie's song "Running with the Night" was attributed on the Rockstar North video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City though the song was deleted from afterward versions of the game. In 2004, he came into view on Canadian Idol as his songs were featured during a Canadian Idol week.

In November 2005, Lionel Richie played with Kenny Rogers on a CMT Crossroads special. The show provided an informative insight into their friendship both in and out of the music world. Richie was also the headliner at a 2000 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Richie released his eighth studio album entitled " Coming Home" on September 12, 2006. The first single of the album was "I Call It Love" and was premiered in July 2006, becoming his largest remarkable hit in the U.S. in ten years. The album was an unbelievable success for Richie in the United States, peaking at #6. His adopted daughter Nicole Richie stars in the music video for this track.

On December 9, 2006, Richie hosted and played live on the British television show An Audience with Lionel Richie.

On February 11, 2007, Richie presented his 80s hit song "Hello" on the televised Grammy Awards show.

On November 25, 2007, he made a surprise appearance on the Australian Idol grand finale performing "All Night Long (All Night)" at the Sydney Opera House. Richie donated to Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.

On May 2, 2008, Lionel Richie was the 21st recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA's annual Spring Sing. In accepting the award, Richie said: "Forget about surviving 30 some odd years in the music business, Lionel Richie survived 27 years of Nicole Richie".

Recently, he has announced that he would like to get The Commodores back together soon, "or in the next 10 years no one will care."

Richie is also a well-known member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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