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Lionel Richie performs at Infinite Energy Center on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)

Lionel Richie said he may skip the Kennedy Center Honors reception with Trump


Singer Lionel Richie says he may avoid a major awards ceremony honoring him that involves President Trump.

Richie is reportedly one of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ 2017 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors later this year in Washington, D.C.

“You know, I’m just going to play it by ear,” he told hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” Tuesday.

“I must tell you I’m not really happy as to what’s going on right now with the controversies,” Richie added. “They’re weekly, daily, hourly.”

“But I think I’m going to wait it out a minute and see where it’s going to be by that time. This is going to be in December. We may be in a whole other world by that time.”

The Kennedy Center celebrates its awards winners each year with a gala there attended by the president and the first lady.

Each year’s honorees are also traditionally hosted at the White House for a separate reception there.

Richie is one of several 2017 recipients including television producer Norman Lear, rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan.

Lear, who produced such popular sitcoms as All in the Family and Sanford and Son, tweeted earlier this month that he would boycott the White House reception over Trump.

Richie said Tuesday that he respects Lear’s decision but hopes to wait before making a final decision.

“I totally understand Norman’s point of view,” he said. “And I understand that we where we are as a country right now is going backwards.”

“All we can od is kind of sit here and hold our breaths for a minute. But I’ll let you know about that one. Stay tuned for that one.”

Richie is a five-time Grammy award winner who counts songs like “Truly,” “All Night Long” and “Say You, Say Me” among his most successful singles.

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