2022 World Games closing ceremony
The winning proposal to produce the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the World Games Plaza venue, was submitted by LRY Media Group, a firm founded in 2017 by former Alabama Power Company marketing executive Rashada LeRoy. The bid was awarded on December 23, 2019.
2025 World Games presentation
A music, dance and film presentation showcased the culture of Chengdu, China, host of the 2025 World Games.
- Randy Owen of Alabama led a performance of the theme "Hope of Alabama".
- The national anthem was sung by Worth The Wait.
- Winston Strickland, founder of M. A. D. Skillz, choreographed the dance performances during the closing ceremony. Mezzo-soprano * Allison Sanders performed "Alabama", the state song.
- The Blind Boys of Alabama joined with Jamey Johnson to perform "I Saw The Light" with a dance troupe from Alabama State University.
- "Pastor Mike" McClure performed with M.A.D. Skillz
- The Divine Nine steppers performed with a drum line from various HBCUs in Alabama.
- Former "American Idol" contestants Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard sang together with M.A.D. Skillz and the Alabama State University Ballet.
- Lionel Richie closed the show as headliner.
- Lloyd, Owen (July 27, 2021) "Bootsy Collins named Master of the Ceremonies for Birmingham 2022 World Games." Inside the Games
- Thomason, Shannon (July 4, 2022) "For The World Games 2022, Birmingham puts on its biggest shows ever — with help from UAB artists" UAB News
- "Interview with Rashada LeRoy" (March 9, 2022) by Chris Breece for CBS42.com
- Garrison, Greg (July 17, 2022) "‘Thank you, Birmingham’: World Games closing ceremony celebrates athletes with music" The Birmingham News
- "The World Games Conclude In Birmingham, Alabama With Extraordinary Closing Ceremony Celebrating Unifying Power Of Sport And Music." (July 18, 2022) The World Games, press release
- Garrison, Greg (July 18, 2022) "Fans waited ‘All Night Long’ to see Lionel Richie" The Birmingham News