Surprising the audience with a captivating finale performance, Stevie Wonder received multiple standing ovations singing some of his all-time classics, including "Superstition" and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life," at the Feb. 10 taping for "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. Additionally, a superstar cast of 19 artists saluted Wonder with songs from his stellar songbook before a sold-out audience. Recorded live, the two-hour special, which pays homage to Wonder's iconic career, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network on Monday, Feb. 16 from 9–11 p.m. ET/PT.
The all-star lineup featured performances by Babyface, the Band Perry, Tony Bennett, Beyoncé, Andrea Bocelli, Gary Clark Jr., Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, India.Arie, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Annie Lennox, Janelle Monáe, Wonder's daughter Aisha Morris, Ne-Yo, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, and Pharrell Williams. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL Cool J hosts this special tribute, with appearances by Jason Derulo, Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry, Craig Robinson, and Maya Rudolph.
"We must, without question, let the world know that love is king and queen," said Wonder, thanking fellow artists and fans from the stage before launching into a medley of his hits. "I encourage all of us as artists to write songs about love. Love is the key, and you've given me love, and I thank you for it."
A 25-time GRAMMY winner, Wonder is the only artist to have received Album Of The Year honors in three out of four consecutive years with Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974) and Songs In The Key Of Life (1976).
"Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer, Leon Knoles is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are writers. Greg Phillinganes is music director.