Richie said "unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100 percent ready to start the tour."
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"I don't take it lightly, especially from BET because I know, I know the talent that's there. So, I'm quite honored," he said. "I was shocked ... I didn't realize I had finally grown up to that stage."
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