Lionel Richie's Name Misspelled Onscreen During BET Awards 2014 Lifetime Achievement Honor: Picture

June 30, 2014 2:43 PM

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Lionel Richie's Name Misspelled Onscreen During BET Awards 2014 Lifetime Achievement Honor: Picture

Say you, say me, say what?! Lionel Richie was the deserving recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 BET Awards, broadcast live on Sunday, June 29—but the network got "stuck on" the spelling of the R&B crooner's surname. As the "Hello" singer, 65, accepted his honor onstage, his name was spelled "Ritchie." (Perhaps producers were thinking of another "Ritchie": Unlike Lionel and his also-famous daughter Nicole, British director and Madonna ex Guy Ritchie has a T in his last name.)

Seemingly unaware of the snafu, Richie basked in the glow of his honor and the bevy of artists covering his classics. After an intro by Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Ledisi and Yolanda Adams all sang versions of hits by Richie as well as the group that launched him, The Commodores.

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