NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie has been named the 2016 MusiCares person of the year.

In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Lionel Richie performs on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury music festival on Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. Richie has been named the MusiCares person of the year and will be honored by Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum next year prior to the Grammys. The Recording Academy on Tuesday, Aug. 18, named the four-time Grammy winner as the honoree of their annual MusiCares benefit gala, which will be held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles before the 58th annual Grammy Awards. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Lionel Richie performs on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury music festival on Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, England. Richie has been named the MusiCares person of the year and will be honored by Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum next year prior to the Grammys. The Recording Academy on Tuesday, Aug. 18, named the four-time Grammy winner as the honoree of their annual MusiCares benefit gala, which will be held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles before the 58th annual Grammy Awards. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The Recording Academy on Tuesday named the four-time Grammy winner as the honoree of its annual MusiCares benefit gala, to be held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, two days before the annual Grammy Awards.

Performers at the gala will include Pharrell Williams, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum. More performers will be announced later.

As the lead singer of the Commodores, Richie wrote soulful songs such as “Three Times a Lady,” ”Still” and “Easy” that spanned across musical genres. As a solo artist, he became an international success with his diamond certified album “Can’t Slow Down,” which spawned the hit “All Night Long (All Night).”