Celebrated singer Lionel Richie has been honoured with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
During a TCA press conference today, Tuesday, April 17, the songster gave a clue on how much the award meant to him when he noted, verbatim, “When you receive this award from the Library of Congress, it basically tells me that there’s a moment in time where you have to say ’I’ve arrived.’”
In other words, while he might be an accomplished musician and respected for his craft, he never felt he had arrived until he got the award from the library of congress.
He implied the honour by the Library of Congress was – really should be – the ultimate destination fo4 anyone who wants to be a writer or communicator or wants to touch the hearts of many wonderful people around the world. He noted it meant everything to be honoured by the United States.
With this milestone, the songster joins a list of accomplished musicians who had been honoured earlier by the Library of Congress. This list includes Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Lionel Richie has served as a judge on American Idol for two seasons and will continue for a third season.