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Lionel Richie ‘Thrilled’ to Get First-Ever CMA Awards Nomination for Darius Rucker Duet

With a long and mega-successful career, you would think that Lionel Richie would have been nominated for practically every music award there is by now. But in the short time since he crossed over into the country side of things, Richie hasn't been formally honored for his work -- until now, that is. This year, the 'Just for You' hitmaker received his first ever CMA Awards nomination.

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New ‘You Are’ Video Takes Fans Behind the Scenes With Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton

If you've ever visited Blake Shelton's official Twitter account, you know just how funny the 'Hillbilly Bone' country superstar can be. Although Lionel Richie was aware of the singer's reputation, the music legend admits he was surprised at Shelton's knack for telling a good joke as they were recording 'You Are' for Richie's country duets project, 'Tuskegee.'

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Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ Album Reaches Platinum Status

Since details of Lionel Richie's collaborative country album, 'Tuskegee,' started surfacing, we've been following all of the happenings. And the happenings have been many. Since its release on March 26, the album has topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and landed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. And just this week, Richie earned a certified platinum disc to signify that the critically-acclaimed collection has sold a million copies.

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Lionel Richie Pulls Out of ‘Duets’ Show

In the past few months, reality TV news has been buzzing with word of the new celebrity judges joining hands for ABC's new singing competition, 'Duets.' After announcing that Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and Lionel Richie would be working as judges on the show, Richie has pulled out of the deal.

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Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ Tops the Billboard 200 Charts

When Lionel Richie went country, quite a few people raised their eyebrows. Today, those raised eyebrows are reaching skyward for another reason -- the legendary soul artist's debut country album, 'Tuskegee,' has climbed to the top of the all-genre 200 Billboard chart.

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Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ Album Debuts at No. 1

We've been reporting on all of the happenings surrounding Lionel Richie's country duets album 'Tuskegee' since details of the collaborative effort first arose. The highly awaited 13-track collection of duets with Richie and some of the biggest names in country finally dropped March 26. This week, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. According to the Tennessean, the project sold 198,892 copies, which also landed Richie at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 trailing only Madonna.

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Lionel Richie, Billy Currington
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Lionel Richie and Billy Currington Deliver ‘Just for You’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Lionel Richie has been hitting it off with lots of country superstars this week. Last night, Richie and Billy Currington stopped by 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to perform 'Just for You,' a track from 'Tuskegee,' Richie's latest album.

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Blake Shelton Closes the 2012 ACM Awards, Sings ‘You Are’ With Lionel Richie

A few moments into his duet of 'You Are' with Blake Shelton at the 2012 ACM Awards, Lionel Richie sort of smiled, shook his head and recognized the strangeness of two grown, heterosexual men singing the love ballad together. Then he kept singing, turning in a fine topper to an enjoyable -- albeit tame -- country awards show.

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2012 ACM Awards Performances to Include Duets From Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie

The 2012 ACM Awards are shaping up to be quite an entertaining evening, with new country stars being added to the celebrity lineup of performers each day. That's in addition to a live onstage wedding, and now, a list of country talents set to bring special duets to the ACM stage. The Academy announced today (March 29) the lineup of special collaborations that are slated to be a part of country music's "party of the year."

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Jason Aldean and Lionel Richie Take the ‘Letterman’ Stage to Sing ‘Say You, Say Me’

Jason Aldean and Lionel Richie made an appearance on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' Tuesday night (March 27) to bring the audience their duet 'Say You, Say Me' from Richie's new country duets album 'Tuskegee.' With Aldean sporting his signature cowboy hat and Richie sporting his signature beaming smile, the two took turns on lead vocals.

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