Lionel Richie honoured with concrete handprints at TCL Chinese Theatre

Lionel Richie honoured with concrete handprints at TCL Chinese Theatre

Lionel Richie has set his hands and feet in concrete at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday (07.03.18) as he was honoured for his contribution to music.
The 68-year-old musical icon took part in the special ceremony at the theatre in Hollywood this week in a ceremony which is a rare honour for a non-acting musician.
The event was attended by Lionel’s daughter Sofia, 19, and his adopted daughter Nicole, 36, who was joined by her husband Joel Madden.
Also in attendance was Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, who took to the stage to speak about the moment he realised the ‘Hello’ hitmaker was able to "touch" the lives of people all over the globe.
He said: "We end up at the concert [in Europe], we’re backstage talking to Lionel, and he’s like ‘I’m going to surprise you guys. You know I released a couple of albums over here that never got released in the states.’
"Sure enough, we’re ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’, and we’re ‘Hello’-ing, and ‘Brick House’-ing, and killing it. All of a sudden he breaks into a song that none of us know. We don’t know this song, plus it’s not in English. But everybody at the concert was up and singing this song.
"Which was real, living proof that this man touches people all over the planet. I mean they were up and they were killing it."
Samuel also shared a series of snaps of the ceremony on his Instagram account, where he said he was "proud" to have been invited to witness the star immortalise his handprints in concrete.
He captioned the snaps: "Extra proud to be part of This "Icon @lionelrichie Iconic Moment!! "#hello#dancingontheceiling#brickhousebrutha (sic)"
Meanwhile, Lionel spoke to Variety magazine ahead of the special ceremony, where he highlighted what he enjoys most about performing.
He said: "What is my joy, honestly – I enjoy the whole concept of this – is how the loudest songs of the night are the slow songs. Because the crowd sings ‘Three Times a Lady’. The crowd sings ‘Say You, Say Me’. Probably the only song they let me sing to the ending is ‘Truly’. But other than that, it’s one big, loud festival. They are singing till their lungs fall out, and I just tell people when they come to the show, ‘I know you came to hear me, but that’s not what’s gonna happen.’ And I think that’s a compliment to the artist, because I love it when actually at any point in the song, I can stop singing and they get louder."