25-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER STEVIE WONDER TAKES THE STAGE IN A SURPRISE PERFORMANCE DURING "STEVIE WONDER: SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE - AN ALL-STAR GRAMMY(R) SALUTE," TO BE BROADCAST MONDAY, FEB. 16 ON CBS
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
Surprising the audience with a captivating finale performance, Stevie Wonder received multiple standing ovations while 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 the music icon's career with songs from his stellar songbook in front of a sold-out audience at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The two-hour special will be broadcast Monday, Feb. 16 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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 Award 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 will be presented by The Recording Academy(R), AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS.
A 25-time GRAMMY Award winner, Wonder is the only artist ever to receive Album Of The Year honors 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."
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.
The list of performances follows:
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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