Lionel Richie is this year's recipient of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. According to Entertainment Weekly, the pop-soul legend will be honored June 29th at the cable network's annual awards gala at the Nokia Theater in L.A.
The one-time sax player and principal vocalist of The Commodores, Lionel went solo in 1982, and became one of the decade's dominant hit-makers, with smashes such as "You Are," "Truly," "All Night Long," "Hello" and "Dancing on the Ceiling." He also teamed with Diana Ross for the movie theme "Endless Love" -- which became the most successful single of Ross's prolific career. He's a five-time Grammy winner who also earned an Oscar for another of his movie tunes, "Say You, Say Me," from the 1985 drama White Nights.
Previous BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Whitney Houston, James Brown, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross.
Lionel Richie kicks off his North American tour on May 29th in Vancouver.