Lionel Richie One of the following was received: the most prestigious honors at the 2022 American Music Awards: the icon award. Each year, the Artists who are able to demonstrate their artistic skills receive a high honor. “body of work has marked a global influence over the music industry,” According to AMAs press release. Consider that Richie Collecting the He now has an award the Only artists in American Music Awards History to be featured the Every decade since its inception in 1974, the stage has been held. It sure seems he deserves it. the accolade.

The icon award brings together 18 AMAs wins. RichieHe couldn’t be happier. “I’m immensely grateful for a career that has taken me to places I never imagined that I’d go, from arenas worldwide to studio sets to the AMA stage,” In a press release, he stated that. “I can recall one of the first times I got to perform at the AMAs. It was to sing ‘We Are the World’ among the most iconic musicians of my generation, so it is surreal to be receiving this recognition 36 years later.”

After Smokey Robinson, his friend, presented him with the icon award Sunday night, Richie dedicated his acceptance speech to his children — daughters Sofia, 24, and Nicole, 41, and son Miles Richie, 28 — saying, “I want to thank my kids and the mothers of my kids for keeping my kids together.” He then thanked his friends, who had also supported him in his long-standing career.

He is a four-time Grammy winner. His career has seen him sell more than 125,000,000 albums, so there was plenty to choose from when Stevie Wonder, Ari Lennox and Charlie Puth visited. the Sunday Night tribute concert the music legend. Wonder and Puth performed the riffs of some songs together. RichieThe most memorable hits of’s include “Three Times a Lady,” “Easy,” “All Night Long (All Night),” “Say You, Say Me,” And “Brick House” By the Commodores. Lennox, Robinson, Muni Long, Jimmie Allen, Yola, Melissa Etheridge, and Dustin Lynch — also joined by Richie — then appeared to sing his global charity hit “We Are the World.”

You can watch RichieYou can see glimpses of his tribute in the acceptance speech.