Music legend, Stevie Wonder is honored with an All-Star tribute that is scheduled to air on Feb 16, 2015. The tribute titled Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute, will be recorded two days after the 57th Grammy awards show on Feb 8th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The performers for the two-hour concert to honor the 25-time Grammy award winner have not yet been announced, but the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) states that the show will feature some of the biggest names in the music industry.
The concert, sponsored by the RIAA, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, which is a company that produces televised awards shows along with musical events, and the Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS), will be broadcast in 5.1 surround sound and HDTV on CBS at 9 pm EST on Feb 16. The tribute may be long overdue, but attendees and viewers will still be fortunate to observe some of the much valued available archives, and appreciate the impact of a music genius that has become a true icon.
The All-star tribute to honor Stevie Wonder is expected to be an amazing event, and Ken Erhlick, the show’s executive producer, and owner and founder of AEG Ehrlich Ventures, says that it will only be appropriate to pay tribute to the music legend at the same period as one of the biggest nights in music. Wonder, who is currently on tour, recently celebrated the birth of his ninth child, a daughter called Nia, whose name means “purpose” and is also one of the principles of the celebration of Kwanzaa. The holiday is where the African heritage is celebrated in the culture of America. In the current tour, Stevie Wonder features all of the songs of his 1976 Grammy award winning album, titled Songs in the Key of Life.
Wonder has won the Album of the Year award for three consecutive years out of the four times that he has been nominated, and is the only musician to do so throughout the fifty-six years of the annual Grammy awards shows. His name and body of work is revered among all musicians, as he is probably the first name that is returned, when musicians of all genres are asked with whom they would like to collaborate.
The organizers of the show to be held following the Grammy awards celebration, where Stevie Wonder is honored with an all-star tribute, continues in the same vein as last year’s show, which was held to honor the Beatles. The concerts may become an annual event, as the Beatles: The Night That Changed America , celebrated the 50th anniversary of the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. The Beatles’ tribute was received with an enthusiastic response and expectations are for an even heightened amount of that enthusiasm when the lineup of performers is announced. Wonder has become a favorite of the Grammys after having won 25 awards for his contributions to the music industry, and the number of his awards have only been surpassed by two other people, specifically producers Quincy Jones and Alison Krauss.
By Dale Davidson
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