Lionel Richie to Receive Inaugural Recording Artists Inspiration Award From SAG-AFTRA Foundation

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Lionel Richie joins previously announced honorees Kate Winslet, Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow and Ted Sarados at the Nov. 9 event in Beverly Hills.

Lionel Richie better make time to update his résumé.

The 68-year-old performer, who has just joined the American Idol reboot as a judge alongside Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, has been selected to receive the inaugural Recording Artists Inspiration Award from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation at the organization's upcoming Patron of the Artists Awards. 

Set for Nov. 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, the event will see Richie honored alongside Kate Winslet, Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos for their work in supporting artists of all disciplines.

In making the announcement, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation singled out Richie's philanthropic efforts through his work with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, UNICEF and The Art of Elysium. Foundation president JoBeth Williams praised Richie as 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," she added. 

He's certainly had a banner year, coming off his most recent All the Hits, All Night Long Tour, alongside Mariah Carey, and will soon be seen on ABC on Idol.