Stevie Wonder – American Icon

There is no doubt that one of the pre-eminent living musical geniuses is Stevie Wonder. From the streets of Saginaw to the heights of popular and critical acclaim, Wonder deserves the type of honor being assembled by The Recording Academy. Entitled “STEVIE WONDER: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE — AN ALL-STAR GRAMMY® SALUTE” the event will occur on February 10 at L.A. Live and then broadcast on CBS ten days later.

Paying tribute to Wonder are an eclectic posse: The Band Perry, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran, and Usher. Ken Ehrlich, who got his start pairing Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock (who had never performed together) in Chicago for PBS, will be at the helm for the tribute. LL Cool J will act as host.

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“Stevie Wonder is a beloved icon whose golden songbook remains one of America’s and music’s greatest treasures,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “A 25-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, it’s only fitting that Music’s Biggest Night® celebrates this legendary musical genius and pays tribute to his enduring music and legacy.”

Perhaps even more impressive than his 25 statues is the fact that he is the only artist to have received Album Of The Year honors for three out of four consecutive years with Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) and Songs In The Key Of Life (1976). He signed to Motown at the age of 11, and has been blind from an early age.

Of the myriad all-star tributes mounted by The Recording Academy, this promises to be monumental.

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Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.