Monday, April 15, 2024

Hello! Lionel Richie Named MusiCares Person of the Year for Pre-Grammy Celebration


Good choice! Lionel Richie has been named next February’s MusiCares Person of the Year. He follows Bob Dylan, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Sting, Bono, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and many others as the big draw for MusiCares’ annual pre-Grammy fundraiser and concert next February.

This also means that the Rolling Stones remain holdouts for this award. But that’s another story.

A night listening to artists sing Lionel’s songs should be a huge draw. That catalog is made for singing, from “All Night Long” and “Lady” to “Brickhouse.” Maybe MusiCares can get the Commodores back together for one night. And you know, the whole audience will sing “We Are the World.”

Already confirmed for the show are Pharrell, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. How about Kenny Rogers?

MusiCares continues to be a vital organization for musicians in need of anything. This will be reason to celebrate!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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