Lionel Richie talks BET honor, tour


Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.

For Lionel Richie, part of parenthood has been payback.

The pop icon's 19-year-old son Miles had initials inked on his hand by "Keeping up With the Kardashians" star Kylie Jenner. A video of it was posted on TMZ and made headlines on gossip blogs and celebrity websites.

"In life, they say to me, 'What did you do to your parents, Lionel?' And I said, 'I tried to destroy them,'" a laughing Richie said in a recent interview, noting that he thought daughter Nicole, a tabloid regular, was the parental cross he would have to bear.

"I think Miles may be the next," Richie added, smiling. "I'm only holding my breath."

Richie is also keeping busy with his All the Hits All Night Long tour, which kicked off in late May in Vancouver, Canada.

During a break in rehearsals, the 64-year-old Richie joked: "If I wait another 10 years, even I won't remember the lyrics."

The song list will include hits he had in the 1970s and early 1980s with the Commodores. Richie left the band to go solo in 1982 and enjoyed even greater success, including Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

This month, he will be honored at the BET Awards with a lifetime achievement award. Chris Rock will host the BET Awards, which will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. The show will air at 8 p.m. June 29 on BET.

"I don't take it lightly, especially from BET, because I know, I know the talent that's there. So, I'm quite honored," he said. "I was shocked ... I didn't realize I had finally grown up to that stage."

Maxwell

Maxwell is looking to produce something this year that has nothing to do with music.

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the 41-year-old crooner — who plans to release a new album this year — said he also wants to get married and become a father (though he didn't offer the name of his "collaborator").

"This year is really about the people, it's really about focusing on putting out the music, and taking myself to another level in life. Hopefully getting married, having kids — the whole thing," Maxwell said.

"I think that's why the album can come out now."

'After Midnight'

The lineup of pop stars keeps coming for new Tony Award-nominated "After Midnight."

Producers of the show that celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club say Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will take turns as special guest stars this summer.

LaBelle will play performances through June 29, Knight takes July 8-Aug. 3, and Cole will appear from Aug. 5-31 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Each will offer their own take on the songs, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Stormy Weather," "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Zaz Zuh Zaz."

Others who have starred in the show are Fantasia Barrino, Toni Braxton, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Vanessa Williams and k.d. lang.

The R&B star said the experiences he's had since coming back to music with 2009's Grammy-winning "BLACKsummers'night" inspired him to release the second album in his trilogy. "SUMMERS," originally planned for release in 2010, will come out this year, he said.

"I lost my cousin. I lost a lot of things. I lost a lot of friends. I came to realize so many good things about people that were always really there, and then so many bad things about people who really weren't. When you turn 40 and when you cross a decade, God shows you the truth and you just sort of have to take it and run with it, and basically make the right choices, and that's kind of where I'm at right now," he said.

Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to know it's time to induct him into its exclusive club before it's too late.

"I don't want to get in there when I'm 85 years old. I'll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I'm still smiling," Checker said last Thursday.

Checker's recording of "The Twist," and subsequent "Let's Twist Again" are considered among the most popular songs in the history of rock 'n' roll.

"Let's Twist Again' was the first rock 'n' roll song that received a Grammy (in 1962)," Checker said.

The 72-year-old recording artist equates a place in the Cleveland-based hall to the ability to sustain his career.

"If you put me in when I'm too old to make a living, then it's no good for me to be in there."

He added: "The Rolling Stones, they're in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they're young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they're still making money."

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj will head to the city of brotherly love for the Roots' annual 4th of July Jam.

The rapper-singer will perform on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Independence Day for the free event.

The Roots, a hip hop/neo soul group, will work as the house band at their annual jam concert.

The 4th of July Jam will air live on VH1 and Palladia and stream on VH1.com.

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