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Lionel Richie’s ‘Lifetime of Hits’ Celebrated With TV Special

Country’s biggest names had better not party too hard at this year’s ACM Awards, which will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1. The next day, at the very same arena, many of those same superstars — among them Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Rascal Flatts — will tape ‘Lionel Richie & Friends: A Lifetime of Hits,’ a special slated to air later this year on CBS.

The show will feature songs from ‘Tuskegee,’ Lionel’s forthcoming collection of duets with top country acts. Although he’s best known for his funk, R&B and pop hits, the Alabama native grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and the era’s classic country hitmakers.

On his new album, he teams with such artists as Shania Twain, Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker to reinterpret some of his best-known songs.

“By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country,” Lionel told The Boot earlier this year. “And not just outside of town, but right through the airwaves of my city. So when I started writing, songs like ‘Stuck on You’ and ‘Easy [Like Sunday Morning]‘ were actually country, but I didn’t even realize that was my influence. Now, years later making this album, I didn’t realize that so many of my country artist friends use those songs as the template for their lives.”

Also slated to appear on ‘A Lifetime of Hits’ are Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry, Martina McBride and Kenny Rogers, among others. Tickets range from $105 to $205, and proceeds will go to ACM Lifting Lives, a charity run by the Academy of Country Music.

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