This was a breakthrough song for the Commodores and for Lionel Richie as a songwriter. It crossed over to pop, easy listening and even country formats, setting the stage for further Commodores hits and Richie's massive solo success. In the same Blues & Soul
interview, Richie said: "The song has given me so much personal satisfaction. I think it is every songwriter's dream to be totally accepted. And from the masses of awards that the song has won, it seems that the whole world really does love that song. It's a great feeling."
This validation came after the Commodores song "Easy
," also written by Richie, lost to Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
" as the best Rhythm & Blues Song at the 1977 Grammy Awards.