Lionel Richie’s Name Spelled Wrong During BET Awards

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET

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Oops, looks like someone forgot to use spell check during the BET Awards Sunday night.

Soul icon Lionel Richie was the guest of honor at the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony. But there was one little problem when he accepted the award; his name was spelled wrong.

While on stage accepting his award, Richie’s name was misspelled as “Ritchie” in the caption during the telecast, and viewers quickly took notice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hashtag #lionelritchie began trending on Twitter after the flub.

Here’s the screen grab of the spelling error:

Richie has yet to comment on the spelling error. And apparently, he wasn’t the only victim of the night; the awards also misspelled hip hop star Iggy Azalea’s name earlier in the broadcast.

But that one little spelling mistake didn’t sour his honor or memorable speech. Accepting the award after a star-studded tribute from artists including John Legend, Ledisi and Yolanda Adams, Pharrell Williams presented the award to Richie on stage.

In his speech, Richie offered words of advice to the young artists of today:

“I have a little motto that I use and I’m going to pass it on to the artists of today. Soul is a feeling, not a color,” Richie said in his speech. “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 breath. And may you never give that up as long as you’re in this business.”

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