Lionel Richie may have been an R&B and pop icon, but on Tuesday night (Dec. 26), he’s set to be remembered with something a little bit more country. At the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, friend and country singer Luke Bryan will honor Richie by performing two of his songs on stage.
Richie is one of five to be honored at the Kennedy Center this year, with others including rapper LL Cool J, singer and actress Gloria Estefan, writer and producer Norman Lear, and actor, dancer, and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade.
The honors look to showcase the careers and works of artists who have impacted culture, music, and life in a large way. “Each of this year’s honorees became known to and loved by the world because of their complete originality and bold genius,” says Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, per Rolling Stone.
And while Lionel Richie and Luke…