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SAG-AFTRA Foundation Taps Lionel Richie for Inspiration Award

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has selected Lionel Richie as the recipient of its inaugural Recording Artists Inspiration Award.

The singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is being recognized for his career achievements and charitable work. He will be recognized at the Patron of the Artists Awards celebration Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Richie has sold over 100 million records and won four Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He recently joined the judges’ panel for the 2017/2018 season of “American Idol.”

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Recording Artists Inspiration Award also recognizes Richie’s commitment to charity through his work with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Unicef, and the Art of Elysium. Richie was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Negro College Fund and he was also a recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University.

Foundation president JoBeth Williams said, “Lionel Richie is an American institution. We all know his beautiful music for which he’s been greatly honored, but even more than a legendary recording artist, Lionel is a man of tremendous compassion who’s deeply committed to helping others. We’re proud to recognize his invaluable charitable work.”

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards celebration will also honor Kate Winslet with the Actors Inspiration Award, as well as director/producer Judd Apatow, director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos for their roles in supporting actors and performing artists in their careers.

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