(CBS NEWS) – Four-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie is being honored as the 2016 MusiCares person of the year for his remarkable career and charitable work, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.
Richie is responsible for some of the most iconic songs of the past five decades.
"The best thing that ever happens - the music stayed around, the music stuck. I mean, we're talking about the third generation of folks are now sitting in the audience," Richie said.
This year, MusiCares is paying tribute to Richie for both his musical contributions and decades of charitable work at its annual benefit gala on Feb. 13, two days before the Grammy Awards.
Richie's peers - including Pharrell, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and many more -- will honor him by singing his classic hits. The event is expected to raise millions of dollars for charity.
"I said, 'I'll receive this award if it doesn't mean goodbye' because as far as I'm concerned, I'm just getting started now," Richie said.
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