Lionel Richie spoke onstage while his name was misspelled at the 2014 BET Awards last night. Lionel Richie was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, but also pulled a few laughs. His name was displayed as “Lionel Ritchie.”
According to New York Daily News the “All Night Long” singer was seemingly unaware of the snafu. “While Richie praised the other performances saying, “Everyone did a great job,” he didn’t realize that the network botched his surname,” the site said. It’s a lucky guess that the “Dancing on the Ceiling” singer became aware of the network’s error after the telecast, but he has yet to comment on it.
During the star-studded event, Pharrell Williams introduced the tribute to Richie, which included clips of the singer’s career. Afterward, John Legend sang a medley of Richie’s No. 1 hits “Hello” and “Still.”
Ledisi covered The Commodores’ “Brick House,” and Yolanda Adams sang “Jesus Is Love,” which earned her a standing ovation. “After listening to ‘Jesus Is Love,’ I’m glad I sang the song first. Otherwise, I would not be up here. That was absolutely amazing,” Richie said during his acceptance speech.
“Everyone did a great job. These are all the songs that they told me would ruin my career,” he said.
“Soul is a feeling,” he continued. “Not a color. Talent is a God-given gift and not a category. And out of the box, out of the box is that magical place where talent-true talent-goes to live and thrive and breathe. And may you never give that up as long as you’re in this business.”
After his speech, Richie performed fan favorites “Easy Like Sunday Morning” and “All Night Long.”