Lionel Richie

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2006 (The 2007 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will Lionel Richie be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


31 comments so far (post your own)

Love Your Music, Love youLionel

Posted by Kricket on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 19:28pm

I love your music. You are still very talented and should be voted into the hall of fame.

Posted by jeangrey on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 13:16pm

Lionel Richie of course should be inducted also..not just because of his solo work but of his work with the of the greatest R&B funk bands of all time..

Posted by J.J. Gonzales on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 12:20pm

Pop/R&B singer.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 07.5.07 @ 15:21pm

The Commodores should go in FIRST. then Richie.

Posted by Bill G. on Monday, 09.29.08 @ 20:43pm

According to Wiki, Lionel Richie announced recently he would like to get the Commodores back together soon, "or in the next 10 years no one will care." This would be a nice touch, a happy ending if you will. Also, if they were to put out a good album, it will secure their place in music history.

Posted by Telarock on Thursday, 10.23.08 @ 10:32am

When you consider his work with the Commodores, his solo career, and his duets, you have to decide that Lionel belongs. If not, the hall itself is invalid. Only a handful of artists have been as influential since the beginning of the rock era. He has left an influence in several styles of music and his contribution should be acknowledged while he is alive.

Posted by Lyndon Isaac on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 18:32pm

richie you are best

Posted by rezmi wahab on Wednesday, 10.21.09 @ 02:23am


Propelled by his immensely productive songwriting skills along with his dynamic performing style, Lionel Richie has reached a series of dazzling artistic heights, setting new standards in his craft and in the industry.

Born in 1949 in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama (home to Tuskegee University), Richie's start in the music business came by accident. While it's true that his grandmother's piano lessons instilled in him the basics of music, the turning point came in the early 1970's during his freshman year at Tuskegee University, when five classmates asked him to join a band they were forming known as The Mystics.

The group later became The Commodores for whom Richie wrote some of his most enduring songs including "Still," "Sail On," "Easy" and the group's first number one hit, "Three Times a Lady," which earned a 1979 American Music Award and a People's Choice Award.

A string of Richie-penned songs took The Commodores to heights they'd never imagined, and at the dawn of the '80's, following the continued chart-topping successes of The Commodores, Richie began getting requests from other artists for their own album projects. In the fall of 1980, country-pop star, Kenny Rogers, was one of those who asked and Richie obliged with the song, "Lady," which spent six weeks at number one on the charts and remains one of Rogers' most requested songs.

While producing an album for Rogers and simultaneously working on a new Commodores album, Richie received a call from film director, Franco Zeferelli, who was looking for a theme song for his motion picture Endless Love. Again, Richie came up with a winner, writing and producing the title song, which he then performed as a duet with Diana Ross. The song spent nine weeks at number one on the charts and went on to garner an Oscar nomination, five Grammy nominations, an American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and became Motown Records' all-time, best-selling single.

As the momentum grew, a new chapter began unfolding, and in 1982, Richie embarked on his solo recording career with the single, "Truly," which became yet another multi-week number one record. A year later, Richie scored again with the phenomenal album, Can't Slow Down, which sold in excess of 15 million copies worldwide, spawned five chart-topping singles, and became the biggest selling album in the history of Motown Records. From that album, the first single, entitled "All Night Long" became one of Richie's most memorable hits when, at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Richie performed a marathon 20-minute version of the song before a television viewing audience estimated at 2.6 billion people worldwide.

In 1985, another landmark was achieved when Richie co-wrote with Michael Jackson the global anthem, "We Are The World." The recording utilized the talents of 45 top artists, won five Grammys and helped raise millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa.

In March 1986, Richie won the coveted Academy Award in the category of "Best Song" for his hit composition "Say You, Say Me" written for the film White Nights, which starred Broadway's Gregory Hines and ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov. At the same Oscar ceremonies, Richie was competing with himself as he was listed in the "Best Song" grouping with a second nomination for "Miss Celie's Blues" from the soundtrack of the Steven Spielberg film The Color Purple.

Undoubtedly, Richie's mantlepiece is now quite crowded sporting an Oscar, five Grammys, 18 American Music Awards, a Golden Globe, five People's Choice Awards and accolades from universities, publications and entertainment organizations from around the world. For nine years running, from 1978 to 1986, nine different Lionel Richie compositions occupied the number one chart position, spending a total of 34 weeks in the top spot, surpassing records once held by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 20:33pm

THE 2003 VOCAL GROUP HALL OF FAME (The Commodores)

Posted by Roy on Friday, 08.27.10 @ 20:52pm

I don't understand why Lionel Richie was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as soon as he became eligible in 2006. I am shocked by that. He is for me the greatest artist of all time. He may not have sold the most records but no other artist has affected my life and my generation so positively. Through his songwriting of songs like This is Your Life, Heroes, You Mean More to Me, Sweet Love, Ms. Celie's Blues and many, many more -- a few of which he co-wrote, most which he wrote solo. I intentionally listed this lesser known songs because they are a representation for me of what is greatest about Lionel Richie. It isn't all the number 1's. It's the influential music he made. Without Lionel Richie in the Hall of Fame there isn't a fair representation of what's great in music. A few people I've heard are not impressed by some of Lionel Richie's music. They think it's too sweet. But they must listen to the entire catalog of his music -- music prior to his departure from the Commodores and unreleased songs from his albums to get the full effect of his greatness. His solo work alone has earned him an induction. At his induction ceremony I would like to here some of his lesser played music such as the songs I mentioned earlier. He is truly a great artist with a wide range of musical talents and contributions and those of us who love him most are most aware of them all not just his efforts after his departure from the Commodores. The Commodores should be inducted too. They are the best r&b/funk band ever and wrote many great songs.

Posted by Marla on Friday, 10.22.10 @ 12:51pm

Lionel is kinda light in terms of artistry. I enjoy his ballads, and him in general, but I can see why the HOF has not considered him as of yet.

Posted by JR on Friday, 10.22.10 @ 13:07pm


01. 2003 - Lionel Richie (The Commodores)

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.14.10 @ 20:19pm

VH1 and Blender Magazine named Dancing On The Ceiling one of the 50 worst songs ever because you can't really dance on a ceiling.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 06:39am

That ist was crap, they also said sound of silence was a crap song.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 13:47pm

That Blender list is itself, probably one of the worst lists of all time.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 05.1.11 @ 14:06pm


There's something happening here
But what it is ain't exactly clear


What is happening here?
Something's going on that's not quite clear

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.3.12 @ 03:20am

I can't believe I didn't think of that one.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.3.12 @ 12:08pm


I've been so many places in my life and times


I've been through so many changes in my life, woman

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.3.12 @ 21:40pm

Note: Leon Russell and Lionel Richie have the same initials.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.3.12 @ 21:43pm

Why not induct Lionel Richie as a solo artist, instead of The Commodores?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.7.13 @ 21:37pm

Why not induct Lionel Richie as a solo artist, instead of The Commodores?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.7.13 @ 21:38pm

1) Because The Commodores deserve induction as a group, and

2) LIONEL'S "SOLO" work was too "Pop" .That's why they referred to him as "The Black Barry Manilow".

Posted by Bill G on Sunday, 09.8.13 @ 01:08am

Richie's 1982 self-titled debut contained three hit singles: the U.S. #1 song "Truly", which launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s, and the top five hits "You Are" and "My Love". The album hit #3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies. His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. The album contained the #1 hit "All Night Long" a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith. In 1984, Richie performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of which was the ballad "Hello" (1984), a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots. Richie had three more top ten hits in 1984, "Stuck on You" (#3), "Running with the Night" (#7) and "Penny Lover" (#8). Now described by one critic as "the black Barry Manilow", in 1985 Richie wrote and performed a suitably soothing theme song, "Say You, Say Me", for the film White Nights, winning an Oscar for his efforts as well as reaching #1 on the U.S. charts and staying there for four weeks, making it the #1 song of 1985 according to Billboard's year-end Hot 100 chart. He also collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, another #1 hit.

Posted by Bill G on Sunday, 09.8.13 @ 01:14am

Saw Lionel at Bonnaroo. One of top 4 sets I saw that weekend. Hit after hit after hit. Voice has not changed a bit. One of those sets where he plays a song & you are like 'Oh, he wrote that one too!'.

From now one, I will be voting in Rock Hall Projected for Mr. Ritchie solo or with Commodores (whichever the consensus is).

He also has a great sense of humor, real funny little comments during set.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.19.14 @ 07:57am

Criminally underrated. Take a look at the songs that the Commodores and his solo career produced, it's impressive. Sure, there is some cheese in there (Dancing on the Ceiling, etc.), but Paul McCartney put out plenty of cheese as well and people respect his solo work.

Posted by Classic Rock on Friday, 01.16.15 @ 22:43pm

If LIONEL RICHIE gets inducted as a solo artist, The COMMODORES as a GROUP will get kicked to the CURB.

If the RRHOF ship sails only ONCE, I'd rather see ALL of the COMMODORES get in...not just RICHIE.

With the extreme LACK of R&B artists having gotten inducted in the last 11 years, the chance of a double induction for an R&B act is almost NIL.

Posted by Bill G. on Sunday, 01.18.15 @ 00:43am

Lionel Richie should be inducted Rock Hall of Fame by 2020. He has a type of voice that really transcends time and popular music. Can see no argument against Mr. Richie since he writes good music and has many hits to his credit. A talented singer and musician. It seems he would be type of artist RRHOF would induct. Stuck On You probably my FAV Lionel Richie song. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 04.9.15 @ 01:03am

NO...just NO .

Posted by bill g on Sunday, 05.17.15 @ 02:46am

LIONEL RICHIE gets inducted as a solo artist, The COMMODORES as a GROUP will get kicked to the CURB.
Without THE COMMODORES there wouldn't have ever even BEEN a "Lionel Richie".

If the RRHOF ship sails only ONCE, I'd rather see ALL of the COMMODORES get in...not just RICHIE.

With the extreme LACK of R&B artists having gotten inducted in the last 11 years, the chance of a double induction for an R&B act is almost NIL.

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 10.28.15 @ 12:55pm

I'm on board with Richie getting in twice for both efforts, but I really wish you wouldn't compare it to both Smokey Robinson vs. the Miracles AND Dion vs. Dion And The Belmonts. The Belmonts with Dion were relatively short lived, whereas Dion's solo career was much longer, much more successful, and arguably broke more ground. Additionally, unlike Smokey, Dion was clearly and fully eligible for solo induction when he received it. I'd like to see Dion And The Belmonts get in as a group as well, but it was not a huge oversight to induct Dion solo when they did--it's only a huge oversight to keep Dion And The Belmonts out as well.

Hopefully we could get both Lionel solo and the Commodores, but I share your pessimism that we'll never get either.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 10.28.15 @ 16:23pm

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