Lionel Richie and Country Pals to Perform on CMA Awards Show

Pop star is making his first appearance on the country awards show in 25 years.

Pop star Lionel Richie is making his first appearance on the Country Music Association Awards show in 25 years, offering a preview of his upcoming country duets album, Tuskegee.

The album name comes from Lionel's hometown in Alabama.

“I was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. I am a country boy and proud of it,” Lionel said in a statement.

The pop singer will perform parts of country duets with Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town on the awards show, which airs Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Oh, and Lionel's last appearances at the CMAs? Those happened in 1984, when he sang “Lady” with Kenny Rogers, and in 1986, when he sang “Deep River Woman” with Alabama.

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