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January 2017

[14] On Thursday ABC TV aired Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America. Recorded last September in honor of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, the two-hour special reflected on black experience in the US. The special ended on a hopeful note, with Stevie reminding the audience of the power of performance to advance liberation. "Tonight, we make history," he says. "Tomorrow, our children will make history, at least those who survive. We are a story of … standing up and standing together. Remember for our future, do not forget today and remember still love’s in need of love today."
"Let’s get it," he said before launching into the night’s final tunes: Love’s in Need of Love Today and Higher Ground.
Stevie Wonder Prince Tribute concert
[14] Michelle Obama was left teary-eyed after Stevie serenaded her with a medley of Isn't She Lovely and My Cherie Amour, singing 'you'll always be First Lady in our minds'. Mrs Obama appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night. The First Lady was emotional as Stevie dedicated his musical set to her with special versions of his hit songs.




[10] Stevie was honoured at the The Art of Elysium awards 10th Annual Heaven Gala on Sunday. He was the Visionary Recipient at the evening's event, which took place at Red Studios, where he took to the stage to perform his version of 'Heaven', as well as 'Sketches of a Life', 'They Won't Go When I Go' and 'You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.'
Speaking at the event, he said:'Heaven is love. Heaven is life. I think what we have is all twisted on this planet. We are not doing what we need to do to make Earth as it is in Heaven because that is what I believe it is supposed to be.' Below Stevie performing and on the red carpet with actress Camilla Belle.
Stevie Wonder Prince Tribute concert Stevie Wonder Prince Tribute concert

December

[22] Yesterday the City of Detrioit not only named a street after Stevie but also awarded him the key to the city. Mayor Mike Duggan assisted in the unveiling of Stevie Wonder Avenue, with a street sign at the corner of Woodward Avenue. “This is just an amazing moment, I’m going to freeze this moment… and remember it forever.” Stevie said.
View slideshow and videos below:
Stevie recieves the key to the city from Mayor Mike Duggan
Stevie and Congressman John Conyers
Unveiling the street sign
Stevie with Mayor Mike Duggan
Stevie being led to media conference
Stevie speaks to the media after unveiling
Stevie Wonder Avenue
Stevie Wonder Avenue





[21] Stevie and Ariana Grande team up onthe official video for Faith, the first single off the soundtrack for the new animated movie Sing.


[17] Stevie Wonder Avenue coming to Detroit's street map. Stevie Wonder will be on hand Wednesday for a street renaming ceremony in the city where he built his groundbreaking career. The City of Detroit will unveil signage introducing Stevie Wonder Avenue renaming Milwaukee Avenue just a mile from the Hitsville, U.S.A., headquarters where he was signed as a child prodigy in the early '60s. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will lead the renaming ceremony. Stevie acknowledged the honour saying, "I never imagined that in my lifetime this honor would be bestowed upon me. I didn't, but God did. I am so thankful and filled with gratitude that the city where I grew up would give me a forever moment—a moment that is captured on Milwaukee Ave. and in my heart. I am overjoyed."

[17] Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come , the star-studded TV special commemorating his birthday airs Tuesday, December 20, on NBC . The show features performers, including Stevie, Elton John, Billy Joel , Bob Dylan , Madonna , Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett himself.

[14] Stevie and Ariana Grande performed Faith on the finale of The Voice last night. Video below.


[12] Stevie and Ariana Grande will appear on the finale of The Voice (US) on Dec 13th.

[12] The song, Faith, by Stevie featuring Ariana Grande from the soundtrack to Sing, has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

[11] Stevie and friends played Santa Claus in L.A. at the 20th annual House Full of Toys Charity Concert on Friday. For two decades Stevie has hosted the event to collect thousands of gifts for children, people with disabilities and families in need. Guest performers included Lionel Richie, John Legend, Tori Kelly, Queen Latifah, Rachel Platten, Anderson .Paak, Nita Whitaker and Major.
Stevie performs at 20th annual House Full of Toys.
Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
Major
John Legend
John Legend
John Legend and Jasmine Sullivan
Tori Kelly
Tori Kelly
Rachel Platt
Stevie and Choir.
Stevie and Choir


[06] Stevie gave a rousing, personal speech about human rights violations at the United Nations on December 3rd, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In his speech he said; "Imagine if others like me were given the opportunity to function at their full potential, how much better our world would be." He acknowledged that while the U.N. has improved the lives of people who are differently abled, many continue to face "horrendous human rights violations." He called on political world leaders and citizens to end "hatred and bigotry of any kind everywhere."

[06] Stevie attended the recent premiere of the movie Sing where he performed a medley of hits, Superstition, I Wish and Sir Duke.
Director Garth Jennings said: “There’s Stevie Wonder, standing right there, and he is a legend and seriously, when Stevie Wonder says, ‘I love your movie, I love your songs, can I do another…?’ Things like that are miracles. That doesn’t happen very often in a lifetime, never mind a career. I’m about as grateful as I can get.
[06] A new PBS television series titled Soundbreaking features cutting edge advancements in popular music over the years. Episode 4 - Going Electric, looks at the coming together of Stevie with synthesizer gurus Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff to produce the groundbreaking albums Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale.

[06] Stevie's 20th annual House Full of Toys Christmas Charity Concert will be on Friday 9th Dec. featuring John Legend, Sheryl Crow and Lionel Richie at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

[06] The new song Faith featuring Ariana Grande, taken from the upcoming movie Sing, is now available as a single.

[06] A reissue of Stevie's Talking Book on vinyl is now available. The album artwork are as the original including the braille. Also with the purchase you get a code to download the remastered MP3 versions of the tracks.

October

[26] A remix of Stevie’s 1974 hit You Haven’t Done Nothin’ has been released. This time, instead of calling out former President Richard Nixon for his racism and corruption, the funk classic squarely takes aim at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Click play: “You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (Election 2016 Mix)”:



[26] Stevie performed at a birthday celebration-fundraiser for Hillary Clinton Monday night in New York City. And this morning he made a special appearance on Radio Power 105.1 during an interview with Mrs Clinton where he sang Happy Birthday. He said "I’m really excited to be here and I’m here to support someone that I’ve had such love and respected for years, so it’s very exciting and I think that, truth be told, as men we have had our chance to work it out. It’s time to let a woman do it."
Stevie Wonder and Hillary Clinton Stevie Wonder and Hillary Clinton
Watch the interview below. Stevie joins conversation at 21:15.


[14] Last night was the official Prince tribute concert which took place in Minnesota. Stevie dressed in a suit and purple shirt, added his signature harmonica licks to Chaka Khan’s 1984 version of “I Feel for You,” and followed it with a version of Prince’s hit “1999,” delighting the 18,000 fans in attendance.
Stevie Wonder Prince Tribute concert Stevie Wonder Prince Tribute concert Stevie Wonder Prince Tribute concert


[14] The Minneapolis Cedar-Riverside neighborhood residents received a pleasant surprise on Thursday afternoon from Stevie. He was in Minnesota to perform at the Prince tribute concert. He spoke to a crowd of fans, activists and young students at Brian Coyle Center about Prince's legacy, the US politcal scene and black life matters.
Stevie Wonder at Cedar-Riverside Minneapolis Stevie Wonder at Cedar-Riverside Minneapolis

September

[28] Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Stevie's masterpiece Songs in the Key of Life.
Stevie Wonder songs in the key of life


[23] Listen to the speech given by Stevie and his performance of the new song Where is Our Love Song at the opening of the African-American Smithsonian Museum.


[23] Barack Obama, today, opened the new African-American Smithsonian Museum. Stevie was among many artistes such as Chuck D., Doug E. Fresh, Janelle Monáe, Will Smith, Chris Tucker, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones who were on hand to commemorate. The event will be recorded for broadcast later in the year on ABC Television.
Stevie Wonder at opening of new African-American Smithsonian museum


[22] Common has released the title track from his forthcoming album, Black America Again, which features Stevie on Vocals and keyboards. Video below.

[17] Yesterday Stevie attended the United Nations International Day of Peace. He spoke about his mother's anguish at his being blind and how he told her maybe God had something greater for him to do than to see. He urged the audience to 'Go forward in the struggle for peace with passion and compassion'.


[16] Stevie, Chiristina Aguilera, Chaka Khan and John Mayer will headline a concert dubbed The Official Prince Tribute on Oct. 13 in the late musician’s home state of Minnesota. The bill at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul will also include Tori Kelly, Morris Day and the Time, Anita Baker, Doug E. Fresh and others performing with Prince’s New Power Generation Band and members of his other latter-day group 3RDEYEGIRL.
Prince official tribute poster


[15] Stevie along with Camilla Belle are to be honoured at the annual Art of Elysium Heaven Gala taking place on Jan 7th 2017.

[14] Stevie will be included in BBC/Channel 4 film made about George Michael titled 'Freedom: George Michael' to coincide with the 25th anniversary re-release of his album 'Listen Without Prejudice'.

[13] Stevie appeared on the US TV show 'Lip Synch Battle' with John Legend miming Outkast's 'Hey Ya'.

[10] Ariana Grande is collaborating with Stevie on new song "Faith", which will be featured in the upcoming animated movie "Sing". A clip of the song can be heard below.



[09] Singer/actor Usher, 37, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. He was joined by Stevie Wonder, Kelly Rowland, Miguel and will.i.am.

Stevie Wonder at Usher's uveiling of Star on Hollywood

August

[21] On Friday 19th, Stevie, Will.I.Am, Hilary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner and Matt Bomer gathered in support of the Orlando nightclub shooting victims at an emotional fundraiser. The event, hosted by Lance Bass, paid tribute to those who were killed in the shooting in June, while showing solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community who were affected by the tragedy.
Stevie called for an end to gun violence before he performed. "People that just feel they have to have their guns, it’s a heartbreak because it tells me that too many believe that it is easier for them to hate. We have the right to love who we decide to love because love truly is the key... I believe that we all must come together in the spirit of love to put an end to all of this." He also debuted a new song written in response to the tragedy, entitled “Where is Our Love Song?”

Stevie Wonder at OnePulse Nenefit Concert


[14] On Thursday 12th, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to Hollywood to ask movie and TV stars to join the ambitious campaign to end poverty, tackle the problem of climate change and to promote a fairer more humane world, reports the AP. The dinner was attended by many, including Stevie, Mariah Carey, Courtney Love, Sharon Stone and several studio chiefs. In his brief speech Stevie said that he is very honored to be a part of the celebration of unity.


[04] Tony Bennett turned 90 on Wednesday with a big birthday bash featuring guests, Stevie, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Harry Belafonte and Bruce Willis. Gaga serenaded the crowd with Bennett's hits and was joined by Stevie singing Happy Birthday, You Are The Sunshine of Our Lives and Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney


July

[18] Earlier today Stevie addressed the United Nations at the Informal Meeting of the General Assembly on the observance of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day. Watch the video of his address here.

[12] On Sunday Stevie headlined the Barclaycard British Summer Time music festival in front an audience of 65,000 at London's Hyde Park with his Songs in the Key of Live: The Performance. For almost four hours he ran thru the epic album ending with a short tribute to Prince and a medley of Part Time Lover, Signed Sealed Delivered and Superstition.

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June

[27] There were a number of Prince tributes at the BET 2016 Awards last night. Stevie and Tori Kelly teamed up for "Take Me With U," and Jennifer Hudson brought the house down when she belted "Purple Rain." Janelle Monáe performed a medley of the legend's singles including “Delirious,” “Kiss,” “Pop Life,” and “I Would Die for You," while Erykah Badu and Bilal performed “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” and “The Beautiful Ones.”
Stevie Wonder, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Hudson pay tribute to Prince at BET Awards 2016


[23] Stevie has been included in the line up of artists set to pay tribute to Prince on the BET Awards Show on Sunday June 26 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on BET.

[04] Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself "The Greatest" and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, has passed away. Below are some photos over the years capturing times Stevie spent with the great man.

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May

[23] Stevie and Madonna paid tribute to Prince at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards with the latter singing 'Nothing Compares 2 U' before Stevie joined her for a rendition of 'Purple Rain'.
Stevie Wonder and Madonna pay tribute to Prince at Billboard Music Awards 2016


[16] Stevie along with the U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, were among those who made an appearance and received honorary degrees at the Spelman College commencement on Sunday. The school cited Wonder as one of the most important musical artists of the late twentieth century who continues to be a pivotal influence in U.S. and world events, demonstrating the activism that has made him a vital voice for social progress and world harmony.
Stevie Wonder receives honorary degree at Spelman College


[13] Happy Birthday To You - Stevie Wonder

[09] On Friday night, Prince was honoured at a star-studded memorial concert in L.A. The crowd, all dressed in purple, gathered to hear tributes and memories of Prince Rogers Nelson, with performances by Stevie, Aloe Blacc, Faith Evans and Eric Bonet.


[08] Stevie speaks about being vegan


[07] Listen to the unreleased track Stevie performed at The Global Green Awards in February.


[06] Heavy rains scuttled Stevie’s headlining appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival last Saturday. Instead, that evening he entertained 250 or so people crowded into the Jazz Playhouse. The following night, he joined trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at the House of Blues. Stevie Wonder at the Jazz Playhousr

April 2016

[28] Stevie and John Mayer led a star-studded jam session in honor of late music icon Prince on Tuesday night. Comedian Dave Chappelle hosted an impromptu event at the No Name Club in Los Angeles, where nearly 200 people came together to pay tribute to Prince. Stevie covered songs by Prince, Michael Jackson and The Beatles, in addition to some of his own songs.
Stevie Wonder John Mayer Dave Chapelle Price Tribute

[25] Stevie performed in Davis on Sunday at a fundraiser for a young ski instructor who went missing in a Lake Tahoe resort earlier this year. The body of 23-year-old Carson May was found more than a month after he went missing on Jan. 15. His father Mike May who is visually impaired has been friends with Stevie since the 1980's.

[22] Stevie Wonder reflects on Prince's love for human kind, equality - CBS News


[22] Stevie Remembers Prince - CNN News

An emotional Stevie spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper about the sudden death of his friend, Prince, and about how they inspired each other. See full video here.

[11] A new Stevie Wonder biography by author Frédéric Adrian is now available in French! A panorama of his life and focusing on the years of the "classic" albums. More details here and Amazon purchase options from France, UK and Germany. The author has previously written biographies on Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.

[11] Stevie is featured on Harmonica on the Take 6 song You Know You're In Love from their new album Believe.

March 2016

[14] Stevie is to perform his classic 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety in front of 65,000 people in London this summer. He will perform on 10th July at the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park. Tickets go on sale Friday 18th March.
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Performance Hyde Park London

[12] Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has just released their 26th Annual Labor Day Experience line-up, including Stevie, The Killers, Duran Duran, Train, Thievery Corporation and Andy Grammar. Stevie will close the event on Sunday September 4th.

[11] Robert Glasper's Miles Davis tribute album, Everything's Beautiful, features 11 reinterpretations of songs by the legendary jazz musician. Stevie is featured on the track Right On Brotha. The album will be released on May 27th.

Febuary 2016

[29] Stevie, Janelle Monae, Ledisi, Robert Glasper, Estelle, Andra Day, Musiq Soulchild and Jussie Smollet were among those who performed at last night's (February 28) #JusticeForFlint rally. Stevie played Love's in need of today and Higher ground and said "I’m too close to be so far away and so I’m here in support. The reality is we all need water, that's a human right. If you come to my show and the music is off, the music director must be fired. A disaster on this order, requires accountability. If it goes down bad, someone's gotta go."
Stevie Wonder Justice for Flint Event Stevie Wonder Justice for Flint Event



[26] Stevie performed at Global Green’s Pre-Oscars Gala on Feb 24th. Stevie said “I’ve been vegan for two years, it’s helped my already good-looking self. I think eating healthy is important. I also think we have to be about the perpetuation of this planet. We have to be about making our planet cleaner, more sustainable for the children. And we can’t just talk about it, we gotta be about it.”
After receiving the Global Green Hero Award from his sons Kailand and Mandla he said to them, “encourage the young people of your generation to value the planet everywhere they go.”

Stevie Wonder Global Green Award Stevie Wonder Global Green Award


[16] Stevie together with acapella group Pentatonix paid tribute to Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire last night at the Grammy's with a short but moving rendition of That's the Way of the World.

Afterwards he announced the nominees for Song of the Year where he joked about the audience not being able to read braille. And then stated that "We need to make every single thing accessible to every person with a disability".


[14] Stevie performs Three Times a Lady at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center last night, Feb. 13.
Stevie Wonder at Musicares 2016 Lione Ritchie Tribute

[13] Stevie will be returning to entertain fans at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The event is scheduled to be held at the Fair Grounds on the weekends of April 22-24 and April 28-May 1.


[13] Stevie has lent his support to a growing list of stars lined up for the Hollywood Helps Flint charity. The event will benefit the residents of Flint, Michigan in response to the city’s devastating water crisis.


[03] Stevie will Perform at Global Green USA's Pre-Oscar Party. Widely recognized as the green event of Oscar week, Global Green USA will celebrate its 13th Annual pre-Oscar party on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel. Global Green USA announced that they will be honoring young environmental leaders at the event.

January 2016

[30] Lionel Richie will be honoured as this year's MusiCares Person of the Year. Stevie along with Dave Grohl, Rihanna, Florence Welch, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Usher, Pharrell Williams will perform at the Feb. 13 concert event to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


[18] Stevie, Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young, among others, will headline New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016. The 47th edition of the festival is scheduled for April 22 through May 1.


[12] Yesterday was the funeral of the great Natalie Cole who passed away on New Years Eve. A host of stars attended including Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Lionel Ritchie, Chaka Khan and David Foster.
Stevie played harmonica and sang "The Lord's Prayer," getting the crowd on its feet and cheering at the end.
He told mourners: I know this day very well. It was the date my mother was born. So it's a bittersweet day because of the pain of remembering my mother but also the joy of knowing Natalie will see my mother today. We must continue the spirit and kindness that this woman gave the world. She left this country where people are so divided. We speak of love but we don't do love. We've got a lot of work to do Natalie, and we will do it in the spirit of you.
Stevie Wonder at Natalie Cole's Funeral Stevie Wonder at Natalie Cole's Funeral
Stevie Wonder at Natalie Cole's Funeral Stevie Wonder at Natalie Cole's Funeral


[05] Stevie, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Florence and The Time Machine will be headliners at the fourth annual BottleRock Napa Valley music, wine, beer and food festival, to be held May 27-29 at Napa Valley Expo (California).