Stevie Wonder has remained one of the truly essential artists of our lifetime. Winner of 22 Grammy awards, as well as an Academy Award, creator of more than 25 #1 Pop and R&B hits, with more than 70 million records sold, the youngest-ever Kennedy Center honoree and recipient of hundreds of awards -including the 2004 Billboard Century Award - the Michigan native emerged as the definitive artist of Motown's golden era to become one of the the most prolific singer/songwriters in music history.
Cited by a new generation of urban and hip hop artists as one of today's seminal musical and cultural influences, Wonder is also recognized for putting a human face on countless social issues. A tireless champion for political and social justice, Wonder was the preeminent force behind the Martin Luther King holiday and USA For Africa, as well as helping to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic and the scourge of Apartheid in South Africa. A leading voice in the fight against world hunger, Wonder also put his highly personal touch to his own causes here at home, including his annual House Full Of Toys Benefit Concert.