Lionel Richie on his music Honor: “I’m really very proud of this.”

He will be honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year in recognition of his significant creative accomplishments and charitable work.

Photo by Alan Silfen

Performers for the tribute concert will include Lady Antebellum and Pharrell Williams, as well as singer/songwriter Luke Bryan and Rickey Minor, current music director for “American Idol.”

“I’m really very proud of this,” said Richie. “This is the highest honor in our music business because it means you have a career. You’ve survived the journey, if you will. The people who have been there defy categories. When you say Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney — are you kidding me? When I got in this business I wanted to be like them. When you get recognition like this, it’s everything. It really is the top of the mountain when it comes down to what your industry gives as recognition for great work, and the opportunity to help raise funds to sustain MusiCares’ critical safety net of programs for members of the music community is momentous to me.”

The event will take place Feb. 13.

(Photo by Alan-Silfen)

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