Lionel Richie to put hand and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre


Oscar® & Multi-GRAMMY® award winning entertainment legend Lionel Richie to put hand and foot prints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® forecourt

On March 7, superstar singer-songwriter Lionel Richie will put his handprints and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX® in Hollywood and thus receive the oldest award in Hollywood.

Lionel has sold more than 100 million albums and is the recipient of countless awards, including four Grammy Awards®, an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award. In December, he was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors and is currently a judge for the beloved music competition series “American Idol.”

“Oh my God this is absolutely incredible,” says Richie.

“This is my Hollywood dream come true.  Of all the Hollywood awards, this is the one I can share with the public forever."

The TCL Chinese Theatre handprints ceremony is rich in tradition and provides the over six million people a year who visit the site an opportunity to experience the lore of Hollywood up close, for here lay the handprints and footprints of Hollywood’s most notable talents.

Movie exhibitor Sid Grauman, who was one of Hollywood’s best known and most creative showmen, opened The TCL Chinese in 1927 and launched the handprint ceremony a year later, as a promotion to advertise his many premieres and first run films.

Recent celebrants have included Jessica Chastain, Robert De Niro, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, directors Ridley Scott, Kenneth Branagh and Quentin Tarantino and two-time Oscar® winners Jennifer Lawrence and Jane Fonda, MGM’s “Leo the Lion,” The “Twilight” stars, Robert Duvall, Kim Novak, the late Peter O’Toole, Helen Mirren, Sandra Bullock, Jerry Lewis, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Among the first handprints and footprints were those of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

Within a few years of its debut, the famous forecourt on Hollywood Boulevard was flourishing and has since become an international tourist destination attracting six million visitors a year to the world’s most famous movie palace. 

Lionel Richie brings All The Hits back to the UK this Summer. Full details and tickets here.