SAG-AFTRA Honors Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie performs at Infinite Energy Center on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)

Lionel Richie performs at Infinite Energy Center on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today Lionel Richie will be the first recipient of its inaugural Recording Artists Inspiration Award.

The internationally renowned singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is being recognized for his career achievements and charitable work. The event takes place Thursday, November 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

For decades, Lionel Richie has been an influential and well respected recording artist, selling over 100 million records. Richie has garnered multiple awards including four Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 47th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.

Richie recently joined the judges’ panel for the 2017/2018 season of American Idol.