Say you, say Lionel: Keep Memory Alive’s annual gala honors iconic singer

 Lionel Richie
In this June 7, 2017 photo, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie poses for a portrait in Burbank, Calif., to promote his concert tour. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Keep Memory Alive’s annual “Power of Love” gala (March 16, Grand Garden Arena), now in its 23rd year, is one of the most anticipated events in Las Vegas, not just for its cause — all funds raised go toward the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s programs and services — but for the star power it attracts. This year’s honoree is Lionel Richie, who currently has a residency at the Axis Theater in Planet Hollywood.

A music legend whose discography spans decades, Richie started his career as a member of the Commodores in the late ‘60s. In the early ‘80s, he struck out on his own, producing hit after hit including “Hello,” “Truly,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Dancing on the Ceiling” and many more. One of his most iconic hits is the charity single “We Are the World,” which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson. Richie has sold more than 90 million records worldwide and garnered countless accolades, including Grammys, a Golden Globe and Kennedy Center honors. In 2017, he joined “American Idol” as a judge.

Honoring Richie on the Power of Love stage will be a host of entertainers, including Snoop Dogg, NE-YO and Leona Lewis. It promises to be a memorable evening of music, food and philanthropy, and with Richie center stage, the party could very well go all night long.