Lionel Richie was the proud recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award at the BET Awards 2014.
Unfortunately, someone in the computer room was having a bad day, as you can see from the image above, and mistakenly misspelled Lionel Richie’s name adding a random “T,” so it read “Lionel Ritchie,” onscreen.
Not very professional, we think, and the embarrassment of the spelling mistake was made worse by the fact that Richie was being honored with the Lifetime Achievement award.
Of course, when 65-year-old Richie took to the stage to receive the award, he wasn’t able to see the unfortunate blunder and just basked in the glory of the moment.
But everyone knows that Richie isn’t the type to get all mad about such an error and will most likely chuckle when he finds out.
US Weekly reported that in accepting his award Lionel Richie gushed a little as he addressed the crowd, having heard cover versions of many of his hits performed by some of today’s biggest stars:
“That was absolutely amazing. Everyone did a great job. These are all the songs that they told me would ruin my career,” he said.
During his speech, in which the Say you, Say me, singer was clearly emotional, he went deep:
“Soul is a feeling, not a color. Talent is a God-given gift and not a category. And out of the box, out of the box is that magical place where talent—true talent—goes to live and thrive and breathe. And may you never give that up as long as you’re in this business.”
So it seems that, despite the little technical gremlins, the BET Awards were a roaring success all round. Anyway, Lionel Richie probably won’t mind too much that he got an extra “T” in his name.