January 20, 2015 at 1:24 pm #408339
Martin, Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran to Salute Stevie Wonder
Willie Nelson and Usher also among first performers
announced for “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY
Salute,” airing Feb. 16 on CBS.
January 14, 2015 6:00 am PST
Current GRAMMY nominees Chris Martin of Coldplay, Ed
Sheeran and Usher, GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Janelle Monáe, and
seven-time GRAMMY winner Willie Nelson are the first performers announced for
“Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute.”
The primetime special, presented by The Recording
Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS, will pay homage to Wonder’s iconic
career with performances celebrating his incomparable songbook. The two-hour
special takes place at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Tuesday, Feb. 10 and 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. Additional performers and presenters will
be announced shortly.
“Stevie Wonder is an absolute legend and I am so
honored to be a part of this very special night,” said Sheeran, who is
nominated for three GRAMMY Awards this year, including Album of the Year for X.
A 25-time GRAMMY winner, Wonder is the only artist to
have received Album of the Year honors for three out of four consecutive years
with Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974), and
the seminal Songs in the Key of Life (1976).
Tickets are on sale now at AXS.com. For ticketing
information, including VIP ticket packages and group sales, call 877.234.8425
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.February 11, 2015 at 6:48 am #408341
Beyonce, Gaga pay tribute to Stevie Wonder
Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY 8:16 a.m. EST February 11, 2015
LOS ANGELES—Stevie Wonder’s beloved catalogue is tougher to master than you’d think.
Just ask Andrea Bocelli,
who was one of many stars who popped up at the Nokia Theater on Tuesday
night to pay tribute to Wonder in a two-hour special taped for CBS.
With Wonder in the front row surrounded by family, Bocelli took the stage to sing I Just Called to Say I Love You. “I thought it was a very simple song when I decided to sing (it),” he said afterward. “Jesus—it’s so difficult!”
Beyoncé opened the Grammy salute, and hit a high note jamming with Ed Sheeran on Master Blaster. Lady Gaga, clad in a short silver caftan, sang a rousing rendition of I Wish, while Tony Bennett put a tender, jazzy spin on For Once in My Life.
“Nobody writes and sings love songs like Stevie Wonder. Nobody,” said John Legend, before launching into I Believe (When I Fall In Love), followed by a duet from Ariana Grande and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.
LL Cool J
hosted the evening, and warned attendees inside Nokia that “it’s not a
live show. So if we want to do something over, we’ll do it over.”
Curious what you won’t see on the broadcast? Jennifer Hudson had to redo her intro when her microphone stopped working. India Arie, Jill Scott, and Janelle Monáe blew the roof off with their gorgeous take on As, but had to re-tape the ending. And Monáe got so into the performance her hat fell clear off her head.
Other performers and presenters included Tyler Perry, Pharrell (still in his Grammys bellboy attire, minus the hat), Ryan Tedder, Maya Rudolph, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, The Band Perry, and Gladys Knight.
Wonder took the stage at the close of the show. After delivering a show-stopping set of hits from Superstition to You Are the Sunshine of My Life, he had one message for his cheering audience: “Find a way of committing yourself to love.”
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute airs Feb. 16 at 9 pm. ET/PT on CBS.February 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm #408342
Great special so far!February 16, 2015 at 9:15 pm #408343
I loved the special some of my favorite performances were:
Beyonce/Gary Clark Jr/ Ed Sheeran
Ne-Yo & Aisha Morris (Stevie’s Daughter)
Jill Scott, India. Arie & Janelle Monae
The Band Perry
and of course the man of the hour: STEVIE WONDER!!!!!
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