Lionel Richie advises the newcomers.
As he accepted the Icon Award at the American Music Awards (AMAs) ceremony on Sunday, 20.11.22, Lionel Richie gave advise to the "new superstars" in attendance.
When the 73-year-old singer accepted the award from Smokey Robinson, he made history by becoming the only performer to appear on stage at the occasion in each of the ten years since the show's inception.
He also urged the upcoming generation of artists to "inspire" others through their time in the spotlight.
"I started out here at at the AMAs," he added while speaking on stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. "And my career, to this day 40 years later, I'm back at the AMAs."
"What I want to say and take this time to do is to talk to the young superstars. God has given you a light. That light is special, that light is only given to a few.
He added, "When you hear the word 'hip,' it means today. When you hear the word 'inspiring,' it means forever. If you get a chance to have that light on you, understand what God has in store.
"He's not trying to tell you that your car looks great, your clothes look great. God is trying to tell you that you are chosen to inspire. Take this opportunity. That light is on you. Inspire."
Following the 'Easy' singer's speech, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Puth performed. The younger artist jokingly referred to the performance as a "musical tennis match of Lionel Richie copyright."