Essence Festival 2014 headliner Lionel Richie’s legend status is set to be further solidified at this year’s Billboard Touring Awards.
Following his lifetime achievement from BET, Richie is set to be named the Legend of Live during the November 20 ceremony, reports Billboard.
The 11th annual conference and awards is the highest accolade in the touring realm. The award honors solo artists or bands who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring industry; also recognizing professionalism and commitment to the art of performing.
Billboard’s executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment, Ray Waddell, says:
“Though he has received countless awards for his albums and songs, Lionel Richie has never been honored specifically for his contributions to live music, so we are thrilled that Billboard will be able to do just that…”
Billboard’s Touring Awards will take place November 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City.