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GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Lionel Richie is set to kick off his upcoming All The Hits All Night tour on Sept. 18 in Hollywood, Fla. Ahead of the tour, Richie participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, revealing what fans can expect from his first U.S. tour in nearly a decade.
"This is going to be [an] up-close-and-personal, in-your-face tour," said Richie. "The best barometer you can get for what you are doing is if the people are standing right there. I can hear them, I can see them."
A four-time GRAMMY winner hailing from Tuskegee, Ala., Richie's storied musical career began in the '70s as a member of the legendary Motown group the Commodores. With the Commodores, he churned out Top 5 hits such as "Easy," "Three Times A Lady" and 1978's Natural High, all of which garnered three of the Commodores' nine total GRAMMY nominations to date. As a songwriter, Richie has garnered six GRAMMY nominations for Song Of The Year, including nominations for the 1980 No. 1 hit "Lady" and his 1981 chart-topping duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love." He won his first Song Of The Year honor in 1985 for the charity single "We Are The World" with Michael Jackson.
Richie embarked on a solo career in 1982 with the release of his self-titled debut album. Lionel Richie peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and garnered Richie his first GRAMMY for the No. 1 hit "Truly," which picked up best Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male honors at the 25th GRAMMY Awards. Richie's sophomore effort, 1983's Can't Slow Down, featured the Record and Song Of The Year-nominated hit "All Night Long (All Night)" and was selected as Album Of The Year at the 27th GRAMMY Awards in 1987. That same year Richie garnered Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical) honors. Richie's most recent solo album, the country duet collection Tuskegee, was released in 2012 and topped the Billboard 200. The album features collaborations with GRAMMY-winning country artists such as Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, and Shania Twain.
Richie's All The Hits All Night Long tour is scheduled to run until Oct. 18 in Hollywood, Calif.
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