Lionel Richie will headline the 2018 Pops on the Heights event scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 in Conte Forum.
Pops on the Heights is an annual gala in which the Boston Symphony Orchestra is joined by a guest performer to raise money for financial aid scholarships. The concert is one of Boston College's biggest fundraising events. It has raised nearly $60 million and helped over 2,000 students with financial aid since 1993.
Last year’s Pops concert, which featured Oscar-winning singer Jennifer Hudson and Oscar-winning composer John Williams, raised a record-breaking $14 million.
This year’s 26th annual event will be co-chaired by Board of Regents Chair John Fish and his wife Cindy.
Lionel Richie is a five-time Grammy winning R&B and Pop singer, songwriter, and musician. He began his career in 1968 as a member of R&B group the “Commodores” before releasing his debut solo album in 1982.
Richie has sold over 90 million records worldwide with many hits on the music charts. He also co-wrote the 1985 single “We are the World” with Michael Jackson, which was performed by a number of prominent American musicians to raise money for African Famine relief. Richie is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received an honorary degree from Boston College in 1986.