Legendary R&B artist Stevie Wonder was officially inducted into the Apollo Hall of Fame Monday night.
“I thank God for love and I thank God for song,” Stevie told the audience.
Melanie Fiona, Anika Noni Rose, Yolanda Adams, Sinbad, Robert De Niro, Al Sharpton, Phylicia Rashad, Wyclef Jean and Sherri Shepherd were just a few of the celebrities on hand to honor the “Ribbon in the Sky” artist.
Stevie performed several of his hit songs, including a beat-box version of “All I Do,” accompanied by Doug E. Fresh. He also pulled out the harmonica for a nostalgic rendition of his ’60s hit “Fingertips,” which he performed on the Apollo stage as a teenager.
Stevie, who has won more than 25 Grammy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award, joins other well-known former Motown artists as a Hall of Fame inductee, including Michael Jackson and James Brown.
“What took ‘em so long?” Spike Lee asked. “A lot of time we wait until people are dead. Let’s honor the greats while they’re still alive and can enjoy it,” he told DNAinfo.com.
Although the Apollo honor may seem long overdue by some, Stevie has received many accolades during his decades-long career. In 2009, President Barack Obama presented Stevie with the Library of Congress’s Gershwin Prize for pop music.
—Tracy L. Scott
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