25-Time GRAMMY Winner Stevie Wonder Takes The Stage In A Surprise Performance
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, Aisha Morris, NE-YO,
Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, And Pharrell Williams
Celebrate The Icon's Songbook With Host LL COOL J
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2015) — 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 taping for "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY® Salute." An impressive superstar cast of 19 artists saluted Wonder with songs from his stellar songbook in front of a sold-out audience at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The all-star lineup for the historic event 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, Aisha Morris, NE-YO, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, and Pharrell Williams. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J hosts this very special tribute, with appearances by Jason Derulo, Jamie Foxx, Tyler Perry, Craig Robinson, and Maya Rudolph. Recorded live, the tribute concert, paying homage to Wonder's iconic career in a two-hour special, will be presented by The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, and broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network on Monday, Feb. 16 from 9 – 11 p.m. ET/PT.
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).
"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."
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"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 Ken Ehrlich are writers. Greg Phillinganes is music director.
Following is a list of performances:
|Beyoncé & Ed Sheeran||>||Master Blaster (Jammin')|
|Beyoncé, Gary Clark Jr. & Ed Sheeran||>||Higher Ground|
|Tony Bennett||>||For Once In My Life|
|John Legend||>||I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)|
|Annie Lennox||>||My Cherie Amour|
|Lady Gaga||>||I Wish|
|Andrea Bocelli||>||I Just Called To Say I Love You|
|Babyface & Ariana Grande||>||Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours|
|The Band Perry||>||You Haven't Done Nothin|
|Ed Sheeran||>||I Was Made To Love Her|
|India.Arie, Janelle Monáe & Jill Scott||>||As|
|Pharrell Williams & Ryan Tedder||>||Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing|
|Jennifer Hudson||>||All In Love Is Fair|
|Aisha Morris & NE-YO||>||Isn't She Lovely"|
|Stevie Wonder||>||Contusion, "Sir Duke," "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life," "Ribbon In The Sky" "Overjoyed," "Superstition"|
|Stevie Wonder & Ensemble||>||Happy Birthday, "Another Star"|
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