Lionel Richie To Preview New Country Album On CMA Awards

Pop star Lionel Richie is going country.

 In March, 2012, the five time Grammy Award winning singer will release a country duets album, titled “Tuskegee” after his Alabama hometown. But next month, he’ll be debuting three songs from the album on the “45th Annual CMA Awards,” airing live from Nashville Nov. 9 on ABC.

 During the broadcast, Richie will perform duets of his hits with Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, and Rascal Flatts. The show will mark a return to the CMA Awards stage for Richie, who previously performed “Lady” with Kenny Rogers in 1984 and “Deep River Woman” with Alabama in 1986.

 In addition to the artists he’ll be performing with at the CMA Awards, the album includes duets with Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Rogers, Blake Shelton and Shania Twain.

 “As my songwriting progressed, I realized that my songs perfectly translated to the country genre,” Richie says in a prepared statement. “I was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. I am a country boy and proud of it. To do this project just felt natural.”

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