Lionel Richie Inspires From The BET Stage, Despite Unfortunate Typo

Lionel Richie’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony during the BET Awards on Sunday was moving, inspiring and… wrong. Well, part of it was, anyway. Richie received musical tributes by Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Yolanda Adams, each of whom performed a song by the soul legend.

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Despite the typo, the ceremony and musical tributes marched on.

Even though his name was repeated multiple times during the show and we’re guessing BET staff know how to use spell check, someone still misspelled Richie’s name as Ritchie on screen. Before the mistake was noticed or acknowledged, Twitter took the typo and ran with it. The misspelled name quickly started trending on the website and many people seemed unaware of the mistake.

More: Lionel Richie Crowns The BET Awards 2014 Performance List

The error didn’t distract from Richie’s speech, however, which was pure inspiration though and through. After others commemorated his legacy, the man himself stepped up to say a few words about persistence and unity, and it was his speech, not the minor error that stuck out as a highlight of the night.

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"Soul is a feeling. Not a color," Richie said. "Talent is a God-given gift, and not a category. Out of the box is that magical place where talent -– pure talent goes -– to live and thrive and breathe. And may you never give that up as long as you're in this business."


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Courtney R. Smith's picture

Courtney R. Smith

"we’re guessing BET staff know how to use spell check" Apparently your staff don't know how to use spell check either: "pure inspiration though and through" Even though, in both cases, it's not so much a question of spell check, but a matter of proof reading. Be careful before you start pointing fingers.

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"The error didn’t distract from Richie’s speech, however, which was pure inspiration though [sic] and through." You gotta love an article about typos that has...well...a typo. LOL. Quick, better post about it on Twitter!

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"The error didn’t distract from Richie’s speech, however, which was pure inspiration though [sic] and through." You gotta love an article about typos that has...well...a typo. LOL. Quick, better post about it on Twitter!

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