Stevie dedicates ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ performance to Aretha Franklin performing “What the World Needs Now” and “Love’s in Need of Love Today” during the telethon held Friday Sept 07
Stevie closed out Aretha Franklin's funeral Friday, opening his performance with a mournful harmonica version of "The Lord’s Prayer" before
delivering a brief eulogy for Franklin, saying that without God’s goodness, we will have never known a Queen like this, we will have never known the joy she gave to us.
The greatest gift that has been given in life itself is love. We can talk about all the things that are wrong, and there are many, but the only thing that can deliver us is love. We need to make love great again.
Stevie then mentioned how he hopes to one day collaborate with Franklin in heaven before launching into "As", with backing choir, brass section and
other performers from the service to close out the funeral on an uplifting, funky note as attendees filed out of the venue.
Stevie was on stage Saturday night when he learned about the death of Sen. John McCain, age of 81. Minutes later he began covering Billy Joel‘s 1977 song Just the Way You Are.
“This song goes out to Sen. John McCain,” he said. “I wanted to see him before he left this planet, but I didn’t see him. I didn’t get the chance.
But he grew to know compassion was not about any political party. It was about loving people for just the way they are.
God bless his soul, let us send his family love. I send you all my love, all my prayers.”
Of course, it wasn’t just Sen. McCain on Wonder’s mind. He also honored the late Aretha Franklin multiple times throughout the night, including during that Just The Way You Are performance.
“I love you forever, Aretha,” he said.
Aretha Franklin will be sent to her final resting place with special tributes from her famous friends. Stevie, Bill Clinton, Ronald Isley, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar,
and Chaka Khan are set to perform at the Queen of Soul’s funeral, which will be held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Aug. 31, as announced in a statement
provided by Franklin’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn.
Stevie fought back tears while reliving his final words to friend and collaborator Aretha Franklin. He visited The Queen of Soul at her Detroit
home a mere two days before her death Thursday at the age of 76. He recalled the emotional moment during an interview Friday with CBS This Morning, revealing it was
clear the star didn’t have long to live. “She did incredible music, incredible singer,” he said. “She touched every genre. Every singer was influenced in some way by
the way she sang, and they will forever be influenced by her because of her voice, her emotion; her sincerity is unforgettable…”
Stevie has announced a handful of concerts slated to take place this summer. He is calling the run the Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love and Music.
It is slated to kick off with a five-night stand in Las Vegas at the Park Theater at Park MGM on August 3, 4, 8, 10, and 11.
From there, he plays a pair of shows in Atlantic City and National Harbor, Maryland. It concludes at MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 1.
Happy Birthday To You - Stevie Wonder
Stevie held a birthday bash this week at the Peppermint Club in LA. billed as The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love and Music, the soiree
rocked well into the early morning with Angela Bassett, Berry Gordy, T.I., Nick Cannon, actor/activist Jesse Williams and Warner Bros. artist Gallant among the revelers packed
inside the small venue. Capping the evening: an impromptu rendition of “Superstition” featuring Donald Glover, Kelly Rowland, Luke James, Jessie J and Sheléa.
Stevie hinted that his long waited album Through the Eyes of Wonder and a national tour titled Love, Stop Hate would follow later this year.
Stevie, the Roots, Dave Matthews, Usher and more performed at the Equal Justice Initiative’s Concert for Peace and Justice Friday night in Montgomery, Alabama.
Stevie's mini-set featured him performing alongside the Roots on "Higher Ground," "Visions" and a rousing rendition of "Another Star" that featured all of the evening's performers onstage.
Stevie gifted a new song to the TV show Scandal which was included at the end of the last episode of the last series. Stevie said the song, titled Future Sunny Days, was inspired
by watching the show. The lyrics of the song can be found here. Below is the clip from Scandal's final scene.
In honour of Martin Luther King Jr., Stevie has released a special tribute to mark the 50th anniversay of his assasination.The tribute video involves famous political,
business and entertainment figures. #DreamStillLives
The inaugural Grandoozy music festival is set for 14-16 September 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Stevie will headline the final night. The lineup also includes Kendrick Lamar,
Florence + The Machine, The Chainsmokers and Miguel.
Stevie will headline at Junior Bridgeman's annual Kentucky Derby Eve gala, The Trifecta’ Derby Eve Celebration, to be held on May 4 at the new Omni Louisville Hotel. January 2018
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday.
On Wednesday, Jan. 10 Stevie was spotted at CES in Las Vegas checking out the new technology on offer. In the photo below he is playing
the “smart” piano, an internet-connected device designed to teach people how to play.