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Lionel Richie will be honored with the Johnny Mercer Award at this June’s Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The award is the Hall’s highest honor and is reserved exclusively for past inductees — Richie has been a member since 1994.

“In our view, Lionel is more than well deserving of this honor as one the greatest and most prolific songwriters and identifiable music voices in our century,” noted co-Chairmen Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. “As a songwriter, Lionel’s songs made you love and dance and will last forever in American culture; but he truly demonstrated the power of songwriting with his masterful co-writing of the global song ‘We Are The World’ with Michael Jackson.”