Lionel Richie, Steve Miller set for music honors

Thu Mar 6, 2008 2:07am EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer/songwriters Lionel Richie and Steve Miller will receive lifetime achievement honors at music industry group ASCAP's annual awards ceremony in Hollywood next month.

They will be presented with Golden Note Awards, which go to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved "extraordinary career milestones," ASCAP said in a statement on Wednesday. Previous winners include Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Jermaine Dupri and Quincy Jones.

ASCAP -- the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers -- collects royalties on behalf of its member songwriters and publishers from the public performance of their compositions from such outlets as radio, TV and Web sites.

The ceremony, to be held on April 9 at the Kodak Theatre, will honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007.

Richie, a former member of Motown group the Commodores, enjoyed huge solo success in the 1980s with such tunes as "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello." Miller is famed for such rock-radio staples as "The Joker" and "Fly Like an Eagle."

(Reporting by Dean Goodman)

 
<p>Lionel Richie performs "Hello" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 11, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>