Hello country music — is it 라이오넬 리치 you’re looking for?
At last night’s 2022 CMA Awards in Nashville, the legendary singer-songwriter announced plans to craft and release his first-ever country album — decades after scoring his first hit in the genre with Kenny Rogers’ “Lady,” written by Richie, 73.
“The answer is soon. It has to be soon, because later is not in the option right now,” the former Commodores member told 광고 게시판 레드카펫에서. “I am so vested in country music, you have no idea.”
Richie then listed off some of his contributions to the genre and nodded to his 2012 Tuskegee 앨범, which saw the musician re-record many of his classic funk, disco and R&B songs alongside country stars like Rogers, 81, 윌리 넬슨, 앨라배마, Shania Twain, 라스칼 플랫, 케니 체스니 그리고 블레이크 쉘튼, 특히.
“I’ve been here forever, it’s just that I didn’t put out the record myself,” said the four-time Grammy winner before further teasing his own country project. “It’s coming. It’s coming.”
지난주, Richie was announced as the recipient of the Icon Award at the upcoming 2022 아메리칸 뮤직 어워드 — which will mark the “안녕하십니까” singer-songwriter’s 18th trophy from the annual ceremony.
“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,” read a press statement from Richie, who will become the only artist to appear on the fan-voted awards show in every decade since its 1973 inception.
Richie’s announcement as this year’s Icon Award winner arrived shortly after the musician was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday. He opened the ceremony, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, by performing a medley of “안녕하십니까,” the Commodores’ “쉬운” (with special guest Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl) 그리고 “All Night Long (All Night).”
Elsewhere in his interview with 광고 게시판 at the CMAs, Richie said the recent honors have symbolically given him more than just his “flowers” at this stage of his career. “They gave me the whole orchard. They gave me the whole flower garden,” 그는 콘센트에 말했다.
NS 아메리칸 아이돌 judge then recalled the time he hosted the AMAs in 1985. “As I was going solo, Dick Clark said a wonderful thing to me. 그는 말했다, ‘You’re going to go out, and you’re going to host the show.’ 나는 말했다, ‘I have no experience hosting a show.’ 그는 말했다, ‘You will after you finish hosting the first one,'” said Richie.
그는 덧붙였다, “When you have someone like that to mentor you through what Luke [브라이언] is doing tonight — I had Dick Clark mentor me through that. It’s been a wonderful experience all the way through, 그리고 물론, ABC and just the whole family has been right there with me my entire career.”