Lionel Richie received the British music industry’s prestigious O2 Silver Clef award in London July 1, recognising his outstanding talent and global popularity. The accolade was presented during a star-studded lunch at the capital’s Grosvenor House Hotel, preceding the star’s back-to-back sellout shows July 2-3 at the London O2 arena.
Lionel has been playing a series of “All The Hits” shows across the UK during June, drawing upon Motown repertoire from his time with the Commodores and from his solo career. He has performed in Swansea, Sheffield and Manchester, among other locations.
The Silver Clef award is the latest of numerous honors bestowed upon Lionel during his many decades in music. In February, he was recognized as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year at a gala dinner and concert in Los Angeles, prior to the Grammy® awards. In June in New York, he received the Johnny Mercer Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s highest honor.
During Grammy® Pro Songwriter Week, Lionel spoke at length about his life in music, in an interview with Kevin Spacey June 22 in Los Angeles. Watch the one-hour session here.