With the invention of the Internet, and the fact that people can publish words that say pretty much whatever they want on said Internet, the English language has gone, well, to the crapper. Have you seen Twitter? Forget "you're" and "your," it's just misspelled madness up in there. It's a scary place. So you'd hope that there is some level of professionalism when it comes to major events like awards shows -- at the very least, getting the winners' names spelled correctly. Sadly, that wasn't the case for Lionel Richie at the BET Awards.
He was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday, June 29, but a lifetime full of achievements or not -- it didn't stop the powers-that-be at BET to flash his name as "Lionel Ritchie" for the whole world to see.
Of course, we're not talking about a crisis of international importance here, but come on. This was his moment to shine and to be acknowledged for all his achievements, but the mistake BET made was so foolish and unnecessary, it's all everyone can talk about.
Hey, okay, fine mistakes happen. Especially with the amount of content that requires words that is published every day, they are sadly more common than ever before. It's just a shame that it had to happen during such a big moment for such a talented musician and that no one behind the scenes was quick enough to fix it.
Though Lionel most likely is a good sport about it all. He seems like a pretty nice guy, doesn't he? And he said some fine words during his speech to the masses, which hopefully will take the spotlight over a silly spelling mistake: "Soul is a feeling, not a color. Talent is a God-given gift and not a category. And out of the box, out of the box is that magical place where talent -- true talent -- goes to live and thrive and breathe. And may you never give that up as long as you're in this business."
Of course, it won't be the last time something like this happens. From celebrities having (somewhat hilarious) mistakes inked onto their bodies to the Grammy Awards misspelling Cory Monteith during the "In Memorium" montage, you can't help but sigh, shrug, then move on with your life.
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