LIONEL RICHIE DEBUTS “LIONEL RICHIE – ALL THE HITS” TO SOLD OUT CROWD AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD RESORT & CASINO
International Music Icon Triumphantly Launches Las Vegas Headlining Residency Show
Photos By Denise Truscello
Las Vegas (April 27, 2016) – Tonight, multi-platinum-selling artist, four-time Grammy® Award winner and music icon, Lionel Richie, had the audience “Dancing on the Ceiling” during his premiere performance of “Lionel Richie – All the Hits.” Marking the beginning of his Las Vegas headlining residency inside The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Lionel unveiled his show to a sold-out theater and multiple standing ovations.
In an unforgettable evening featuring his brightest and best anthems which have defined the music icon’s unparalleled career, Lionel takes fans on a spectacular musical journey, performing a variety of his seminal hits, including “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.”
The spectacular, state-of-the-art production, designed exclusively for The AXIS, gives audiences an intimate, only in Las Vegas concert experience. The show is jointly promoted by Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment and presented by SiriusXM.
Tickets and VIP packages for performances through Oct. 2016 are currently on sale. General ticket prices begin at $59, plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com/lionel or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. Prices for VIP packages vary depending upon the show date. All shows are scheduled at 8 p.m.
Lionel has sold more than 100 million albums and is the recipient of countless awards, including four Grammy Awards®, an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award. This February, he was honored as the 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year prior to the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Lionel has also been recognized with some of the world’s most significant honors, including honorary doctorates from Boston College and Tuskegee University, a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the United Negro College Fund (making him the first recipient to graduate from a UNCF school),and remains an active member of one of the most prestigious fraternities in history, Alpha Phi Alpha. In addition, he won ASCAP’s “Publisher of the Year” and “Lifetime Achievement Award,” as well as 16 American Music Awards, five People’s Choice Awards, A World Music Lifetime Achievement Award, TV Land Icon Award, Germany’s Echo Award for Lifetime Achievement, Hong Kong’s Rojo Award, Goldene Kamera Award, Italy’s San Remo Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Governors Award, and more. He received the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award presented at Harvard University. He’s been inducted to both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and knighted in France receiving the Legionnaire Award. Always giving back, his charity work extends from Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center to UNICEF and The Art of Elysium.
Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor Lionel Richie as the 2016 recipient of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the 47th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 9th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The Johnny Mercer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer. Lionel Richie was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.
As a member of the Commodores, Lionel developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smashes such as “Three Times A Lady,” “Still,” and “Easy.” After writing “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, and “Endless Love” (which garnered an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe nomination), Motown asked him to do a solo album. The self-titled debut would cement him as a star in his own right and earn him his very first Grammy for the hit “Truly.” The diamond-certified “Album of the Year” winner Can’t Slow Down followed in 1983, giving the world classics such as “All Night Long,” “Penny Lover,” “Stuck On You,” and “Hello.” The next year he performed at the historic 1984 Olympics Closing Ceremony. 1985 saw him join forces with Michael Jackson to write one of most important pop songs in history, “We Are The World,” for USA for Africa and the album We Are The World. That same year “Say You, Say Me” would achieve an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.” Lionel upped the ante yet again with 1986’s seminal Dancing On The Ceiling, which remains one of his most infectious and incendiary offerings to this day. A decade later in 1996, he began a run of powerful, personal albums that commenced with the Gold-certified Louder Than Words and followed by 1998’s Time and 2000’s Renaissance. Lionel has collaborated with everybody from Lenny Kravitz to Ne-Yo, The-Dream and Akon, as well as some of country music’s biggest names for his 2012 album, Tuskegee. His cultural impact continues to resound as loudly as ever with guest mentor spots twice on NBC’s The Voice, first at the request of Christina Aguilera and most recently for Pharrell. He also did a medley of hits on the finale of 2013’s China Idol, drawing an audience of over 453 million people.
For more information on the show and tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com/lionel.