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Lionel Richie named 2022 American Music Awards ‘Icon Award’ recipient

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Lionel Richie will be honored with the prestigious Icon Award at the 2022 American Music Awards (AMAs). The AMAs represents the year’s top achievements in music determined by the fans, for the fans. The Icon Award honors an artist whose body of work has marked a global influence over the music industry.

Said Richie: “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. 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.”

Richie has won 17 AMAs over the course of his career, starting with the 1979 hit pop/rock single “Three Times a Lady” with the Commodores and again in 1980 with the Commodores for Soul/R&B Group. Throughout his solo career, he took home two awards in 1982, two in 1983, and one in 1984.  Richie hosted the 1985 show, where he won six AMAs in one night that year; and in 1987, he earned four awards throughout the night. To this day, Richie holds the record for most music video AMAs with six wins, and is among the most decorated AMA winners of all time.

As the world’s largest fan-voted awards show, the AMAs will air globally across a footprint of linear and digital platforms in more than 120 countries and territories. Fan voting is now open via and Twitter in all award categories.  The 2022 American Music Awards, hosted by Wayne Brady, will air live from the Microsoft Theater at LA Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 20th at 8 pm EST/PST on ABC and stream the next day on Hulu.

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