Lionel Richies amazing ride, the Grammy-winning singer is being awarded the Library Prize for lifetime achievement.

Richie was born in Tuskegee in 1949..

He has been a worldwide superstar for some 50 years.

He is one of the Commodores artist, then as a solo artist, and now, as a judge of American Idol.

Richie memorize when he informed his family that he joined this band, the Commodores.

His family had a nervous breakdown.

He and the Commodores were signed to Motown Records, and in 1971 they toured as the opening act for the Jackson 5.

In 1982, Richie went solo and in 1983, he released "Can't Slow Down," which won the Grammy for this album.